Skyline Sounds is a four-piece indie rock/pop act from Madison, Wisconsin that recently released Color. Color is a straightforward album that contains twelve songs that have similarities to ‘90s rock demi-gods like Sleater-Kinney, Yo La Tengo and even The Pixies. If you can’t get enough of the aforementioned bands this album should be right up your alley.
I’ll say that Color is an album that sounds great and contains the aesthetic qualities fans of indie rock usually look for. The production isn’t super glossy like that of a mainstream hit but also feels worlds away from someone setting up a bunch of mics and hitting record on their laptop. It sounds like the band is playing live in a room together and was recorded as if the people behind the board knew what they were doing.
The band keeps it rather limited regarding the texture, tone and effects throughout the album. It seems as if they settled on a palette of sounds, which contributed to the cohesiveness of the album. Upon first listen the songs run into each other but with repeated spins the subtleties and nuances start to release themselves. The band starts off with “Winter Song” which was a solid choice for an opener that immediately jumps out of the gate. It’s catchy and full of plenty of great riffs and infectious vocal melodies.
The next two tracks “I'd Like To Say I Miss You” and “Falling Short” establish that the band doesn’t just open strong. “Transplanting” felt like a highlight out of a batch of good songs. The melancholy beginning is exceptional and lyrics such as, “Sometimes I dream of transplanting your heart into me” is memorable.
“The Car” is a slight deviation only because it introduces other elements like electronic percussion and synths while “We Burst Like Balloons” feels like a completely different kind of energy than the previous songs. The band is at their most ambitious and melodic on the closer “Stay Sharp.” It contains one of the best vocal performances.
Color takes a little time to seep but it’s well worth the effort. The album is more than just a tip of the hat to ‘90s indie rock. Highly recommended.
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