Album Review: Skyharbor – Guiding Lights

RGuidingLights_Coverelease Date: 10th of November 2014

Tracks:  10     Length: 69 minutes

Genre:  Progressive/ambient/rock

Previous releases: Blinding White Noise: Illusion and Chaos 2012

Location: India/UK/US

Label: Basick Records

Recommended for fans of:  Karnivool, Deftones, TesseracT, Steven Wilson, Tool

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Don’t tell a soul, let’s just begin.

Good things come to those who wait, and “Guiding Lights” is finally here. Thanks to a collective effort from a large number of the most dedicated fans, the band could go through with the plans and dreams they had for this release. The ten songs in the Guiding Lights family, lovingly imbued with Forrester Savell‘s producer magic, seem to be slipping through my fingertips on the first listen. Idle minds might forget the past, but the sound is still unmistakably Skyharbor, excessively sprinkled with charming and fresh soul-pop (think Michael Jackson). It’s slightly challenging to grasp, these complex arrangements are playfully resisting gravitation and common rules. I have to close my eyes and dive deep into the colours.

Let go of all you know. All the beauty you will soon discover.

Slowly unfolding before my ears, this album morphs into my new devil. It brings me to my knees and pulls me under, far below. It devours every part of me. Sometimes the songs are straight up fun and groovy, other times like a wild hunt through the dark. Every so often creeping undertones of despair and anguish can be heard, hidden within the idyllic peace. This is a multi-faceted collection of songs, with many stories to tell.

© Naki Kouyioumtzis.SkyHarbor, on a roof top with London skyline behind them

The dynamic waves are in constant motion throughout the album, a solid stream of rhythmic guitar melodies escorted by warm and embracing bass lines swaying back and forth, back and forth. This is most apparent in the aptly titled “Halogen” – shining strongest of all the guiding lights – this song is a true pleasure and a brilliant example of the band’s unique songwriting ability. Ambient guitars are raining down in melancholic drops that suddenly explode as the singer is pouring his soul out into a flood of power. Skyharbor’s finest moment.

The sweet and fragile “Patience” is another highlight delivered with both confidence and vulnerability. In all its stillness it seems so serious. The singer is effortlessly sharing his passion for painting letters and comprehending words, his distinct voice altering between discontent innocence and uplifting beauty. The pulsating drums are dancing vividly like a never ending burning fire, responsible for the urgent drive and progressive feeling throughout.

“Guiding Lights” is masterfully composed and sincerely performed, containing some of the best progressive music out there right now. Skyharbor is giving this lonely world a future sound.

This is evolution and infinite possibilities, there will be no limitations.

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Recommended songs: Allure, Idle Minds, Halogen, Patience, Guiding Lights

Members: Keshav Dhar-guitar, Devesh Dayal-guitar, Anup Sastry-drums, Krishna Jhaveri-bass, Daniel Tompkins-singer

Website        Facebook          Basick Records 

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About Irmelinis

A friend told me that I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.

Posted on November 17, 2014, in Album Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I am kind of surprised, but I enjoyed this album. I think I caught a random Skyharbor song in the past and didn’t think much of it. This album, however, has had several spins and I think it’s a really good album. It’s nice to come across something new. New to me anyway. Great review!

    • That’s nice to hear, I didn’t think you would like it much! They have a classic feel in their music that is very charming. Thanks for the compliment too, I out-nerded myself in this one 😉

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