6/10 Clinton Staff review, 03 June 2011
With Status Quo giving exclusivity to Tesco for their new album it's a tough time for the sort of record shops that attempt to stock things that aren't the Girls Aloud comeback tour CD and make up bag box set. The Singing Skies are not Status Quo and the good people at Tesco, however ambitious, are unlikely to consider stocking their CD but we will. We are here for the nice things in life, not just a rusty Elbow album. The Singing Skies are from Australia where the skies are as big as the snags on the barbie. It's folky, rustic stark pop with simple guitar and vocals augmented by the most beautiful violins bringing to mind fellow countrymen Dirty Three. The overall feel recalls Mick Turner's recent album albeit with a less backyard feel to it. A departure for the Preservation label, certainly; front man Kell Derrig Hall has his background in more experimental waters but here he stretches out into delicate, fragile singer songwriter territories with poetic storytelling lyrics and a voice that sits somewhere between Pip Proud and Edwyn Collins. The songs build up nicely and the album has its heart in the right place throughout, recalling running water in the Australian outback on a hot day.
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