15 Mar Artist Profile: Slow Skies
Avant Music Port Catalogue
New to Music Sync Licensing from Ireland.
Style: Alt Folk, Folk Pop, Singer Songwriter, Indie Folk, Indie Rock
Key words: Delicate, Sweet, Love, Intimate, Regret, Upbeat, Happy, Feelgood, Smile, Carefree, Soothing, Relaxed, Gentle, Relaxed, Nature, Relationships, Emotional, Loss, Desire, Melancholy, Ambient, Drifting, Dark, Hazy
Blending a haunting yet dreamy vocal with delicate instrumentation and lyrics that powerfully captivate the intricate complexities of life, Slow Skies (aka Karen Sheridan) produce a warm, ambient, heartfelt folk pop. What is exceptional about Slow Skies’ sound, is how even in the midst of upbeat pop, in all its sunshine, hope and haze of summer, there is a lingering sense of melancholy that shows an awareness of that even while we should live in the moment and be happy, we also need to be in tune with our wide spectrum of feelings.
Three tracks that showcase the different sides of Slow Skies’ folk pop are ‘Dancing’, ‘Shut Your Eyes’ and ‘Patterns’. With its handclaps, shiny joyous brass, multicoloured pop soundscape, and thoughtful lyrics (“find the things that make you feel alive”) ‘Dancing’ is a shining example of folk pop. Not too far from the bright pop of the latter is the track ‘Shut Your Eyes’. Describing intimate little moments between lovers, it is ambient pop at its finest with a shimmering soundscape and slow burning tempo. Again not too far from the slow burning feel of ‘Shut Your Eyes’ you can find ‘Patterns’. Moving away from the shiny side of pop, ‘Patterns’ is a beautiful example of indie folk through its instrumentation and lyrics that are tinged with a heavy hearted sadness. Painting the picture of all the little moments that lead up to a breakup, it is raw and honest as the character comes to the realisation that “I don’t want to pretend to be someone else, someone you could maybe love”.
Based in Dublin, Slow Skies have been on the scene since 2013. During this time they have supported James Vincent McMorrow, St. Vincent and Cat Power, and while they have had some reflective quiet time since then, there is an album in the pipeline now that we’re very much looking forward to hearing and sharing.
For the moment here is the video for ‘Shut Your Eyes’: