Album – Skylines – North Atlantic Explorers

Posted by admin on April 3rd, 2006

If ever there were an album that was designed to treat your ears to a bit of pampering, this is probably it. The album opens with “When My Ship Comes In”, which at first sounds very similar to Pink Floyd’s “Post War Dream”. Then slowly, but surely it slowly opens up like an unfolding dream sequence, with the help of some beautifully simple piano accompaniment. Weighing in at just over 8 minutes, this is long, but very rewarding track.

All through the album, different sounds surface which remind me at times of Pink Floyd, a more psychedelic Beatles and numerous other bands, but there’s something more buried deep beneath, something almost personal. With a lot of electronic music, it’s easy to feel a kind of detachment, as it often loses it’s personal touch with all the electronics. This hasn’t happened with this album, which goes towards a very welcoming listening experience.

With ten tracks on the album, 2 of which are over 8 minutes and another over 6 minutes, this is not an album you’ll want to put on for a quick music fix. This is one of those albums that you choose to play quite deliberately, when you just want to veg out on the sofa and let the music wash over you. Particular stand out tracks for me, are the opener “When My Ship Comes In” which is my favorite and “Anchors Away”.

Conclusion : If you just want to chill and relax, this is a great album. It’s also probably a great album to play when you have a long commute, as it would no doubt take the edge off the rush hour madness.

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