Slow Skies at The Sugar Club – Review and Photos
Nestled deep within the red velvet decor of The Sugar Club, a vintage stage with an aurora of fairy lights beckons two well matched acts onstage tonight. Slow Skies supported by Liza Flume supply a dreamscape soundtrack for a midweek October eve. Unassuming in black, Liza appears instantly filling the room with her electro synth lullabies and pared back vocals. Her sound soaks into the velvet as she stands there, a solo songbird, minimal in every aspect. There’s an honesty and integrity to her work as she delves into the bare naked “Poison”. Her voice looped and echoing “demons inside of me” through the venue. A unique take on Julia Stone’s “All Of Me” suits Liza’s natural vocals, adding delicate edges to the track. A darker corner of her souls is revealed with “You Knew”as she writes into accusations of choked up ex’s who can barely breathe. “Bones” brings a soft guitar mellow intro with fragile, almost brittle verse wrapped in lonesome chords, ironically sounding beautiful. She controls the intensity of momentum as the song gathers pace. Liza’s performance has an awkwardness of vulnerability to it, endearing the audience to her. It’s as if her uncomfortable soul is rattling around, writing itself into songs that leave a lasting impression upon its listeners.
Slow Skies begin weaving their own magic as soon as the first chord of “Across The Sea” hits the air. The menu of spells cast upon us is a concoction of lush harmonies, fragile pure indie vocals, enduring melodies, clever percussion, understated synths. The end product is a sonic structure that frames a massive soundscape with delicate, undiluted instrumentation. The songs born of this are fine fragments of crafted stories that literally carry you away. Petite yet powerful Karen Sheridan, lead singer, treats the audience to a varying degree of treasures. Ranging from the haunting wispy notes and heartfelt pleas on “Ice Cream” to the heavier feel of “Close”. Shimmering synths kick in, drawing upon dark bass lines that define the mood. Their new EP “Keepsake” was launched this week. “Fade Away” make an appearance. The opening notes of “Fade Away” could carve crystal. The crowd fill up the aisles, spellbound. “Bodies”, an eerie, ethereal tale of searching for bodies in the snow, will probably find its way to Hollywood. It’s an atmosphere genre gem that is literally absorbed into the walls. Slow Skies are such a rare fine diamond. Appreciate them while you can, before they get whisked away into sonic stardom. It’s only a matter of time.