Stay/Ocean by Two Skies (Single)

11 November, 2014 in Music Reviews

Two Skies

Two Skies – masters of the riotous groove

Two Skies’ latest release is a double A-side which shows the Sheffield three-piece to be masters of space and noise

Two Skies - Stay/Ocean single coverheffield three-piece Two Skies have returned with the follow-up single to their much lauded Red EP. Continuing where Red left off, this double A-side is a spiralling maelstrom of guitars and noise which confirms the band as masters of the riotous groove.

Stay is the more instant of the two songs. It is an ear-splitting assault combining elements of both hard rock and psychedelia. As Dan Cutt sings “Stay in my heart / don’t become another memory” the crescendo of noise builds up behind him, at first spacious but ultimately smothering the singing in a blanket of echo and distortion, until voice and instruments have become one and the same.

Ocean is a different beast, less immediate but equally effective. It’s a track which ebbs and flows, before breaking down completely at the halfway point, only for shamanic drums and chanting to revive its corpse. Experimental and playful, this is modern psych music pushing its way beyond the Karman line.

Two Skies have delivered another fuzz-soaked slice of psychedelic uproar which will appeal to fans of Wooden Shjips, Pyschic Ills and Howlin Rain and anyone who likes their music loud and dirty. Their debut album cannot come soon enough.

Verdict: Immediate yet expansive, a psych riot

Duncan Haskell