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Video Premiere: More than Skies’ “Act Casually”

January 11, 2019

Old habits die hard: I’m honored to premiere an indie-pop track from More than Skies today.

The ever-changing, genre-morphing outfit More than Skies now appears with a ’50s-pop homage, complete with hammering piano, female backup vocals, and thump-da-dump-da-dump bass line. Some homage feels too much like a copy, but the unique (creaky, nasally, enthusiastic, intriguing) vocals of Adam Tomlinson add a nice flair to the track. There’s a bit of country in the guitar twang too, lending a bit of wistfulness to the chipper tune. The black and white images of the performance video add to the throwback vibe too. Overall, a fun song that has more sonic depth than a standard retro-’50s work.

More than Skies’ new album Everyone is a Loaded Gun is out and available on vinyl. You can catch them live, too:

Feb 20 – New York City @ Rockwood Music Hall
Mar 1 – Ridgewood, New York @ The Footlight

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Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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