July 10, 2010
We Will Tell You These Things About Sky Larkin And Its New Album And Hey How About Some Songs
[PHOTO CREDIT: Liam Henry] We're certainly not breaking news here, especially since the record leaked earlier this month, but it is important to note that Leeds-based indie trio Sky Larkin will release next month its brilliant sophomore set Kaleide. The full-length is not to be confused with the free Kaleide EP the band released in May and is still offering for free download right here; the EP includes the title track, a demo version of the new tune "Spooktacular," and an acoustic version of "Matador," a standout track from Sky Larkin's 2009 full-length debut The Golden Spike.
Kaleide the album is packed front to back with wonderfully realized and deftly arranged guitar pop. The new set was produced by John Goodmanson, who also worked on Los Campesinos!' exceptional 2010 collection Romance Is Boring, and there is a heightened sophistication to Kaleide as far as the compositions and production are concerned that we expect is due at least in part to Mr. Goodmanson. The one-two punch of the opening cuts "Still Windmills" (to be released as a single in the UK August 2) and the title track is undeniable; we are embedding streams of both below. Wichita Recordings will release Kaleide Aug. 9 and you can pre-order it in any of six packings at Sky Larkin's web site right here.
Sky Larkin - Still Windmills
Sky Larkin - Kaleide