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‘In A Dream’ The Sky Colony – music that occupies its own place and that's important

(February 23, 2015)

The music of The Sky Colony might originate in the Cascade mountain foothills in Washington State but from time to time it recalls music I first heard at the east end of Golden Gate Park in 1968, but that’s long ago and In A Dream Sky Colonypassing years and substances have doubtless fogged memory. There remains however, a retro-edge to their music that works perfectly well today, and for many it will evoke memories of another time. Their album 'In A Dream' offers an other-worldly feel, not unearthly, just from sometime else. Their press release coins the phrase ‘dream folk’, that may be, however it’s really unnecessary to bracket this music too finely, because it crosses so many boundaries in its scope. It 's also music that occupies its own place, whatever time-shift it prompts in its listeners, and that’s important

Through jangly guitars, softly persistent bass and percussion plus inviting harmonies, The Sky Colony creates a sound that fuses traditional folk elements mixing influences from both sides of the pond, pulls in a touch of bluegrass and along the way adds a tang or two of country for good measure. Lyrical themes interweave through human interaction and our place in the cosmic pattern, both looking back and moving forward. From the jubilant ‘Be Loved’, the dreamy meanderings of ‘Cosmic Living Room’ and ‘In A Dream’ to the questioning of ‘What Is Truth’, the narrative resignation within ‘Don’t Wait For Me’ the musical web intertwines spot-on harmonies, banjo, guitars and bass into a entrancing lattice behind the vocals. And the inclusion of a deeply sonorous cello on ‘Time’ matches the song’s mood to perfection.

The Sky Colony is Kyle Findley-Meier (acoustic guitar, vocals) Ben Meyer (electric guitar, vocals) featuring Molly Hazel (upright bass, electric and string bass, banjo, vocals) and Jeff Lacy (drums) with the added talents of Ben Goe (cello) and Brittany Ash (vocals on ‘Time’).

Reviewer: Tom Franks

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