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Caves, the third studio album from Canadian outfit THE SKY LIFE, is a skilled and artful exercise in opposites. Contrary to their prior two full-lengths, Caves paints a picture of sadness and sorrow throughout the majority of the album, particularly on songs like Feel The Same and Son To The Seed. But at the same time, each song is countered with joyful resonance and reflection. Both Granville and Freeman boldly proclaim satisfaction and the recognition of life's beauty, whether it's on the docks, down by the ocean or in simple appreciation of a beautiful summer day. Songs such as Get Up And Go - a blend of middle-eastern instrumentation with lush vocals and a hook that forces you to sing along - offer a world of encouragement, proclaiming that throughout life's trials and tribulations, we are not alone. THE SKY LIFE's ability to empathize with its audience, and more importantly the human condition, has never been more present and palpable...even though the album defies conventional songwriting methodology, making it difficult to pigeonhole the band's genre or writing style. THE SKY LIFE is an encouragement to a dry wasteland of a music industry, over saturated by cookie-cutter rock bands and over-sexualized pop stars, proving that there are still artists out there looking to push the boundaries, not afraid to write something that sounds different, not afraid to be honest.
"Caves is all about working through the hard times in life. Even when darkness and doubt surround you, no amount of dark can ever extinguish light. We want to connect with our audience and share the notion that everyone struggles, and that it's okay. It's okay to be upset, sad and angry, but it's important to also work through those feelings and emotions to come to a resolution, learn from them, grow and move forward in life" says band member Josh Steffen. Josh continues "the album title was chosen because we felt like a it represented the feeling of exploring depths, being lost, trapped or swallowed up by something that is cold, lonely and unknown. You never know what you're going to find if you go exploring in strange caves. The lyrics explore a journey of self-reflection, confusion, even anger. They explores empathy, error and understanding of humanity. And they explore love, encouragement and forgiveness. We chose the artwork because we felt it portrayed the mystical, dark feeling of the album...a cold dark place with a warm inviting center filled with music and life. On Caves, we threw away the notion that we were either guitarists, drummers or pianists...and instead shared duties via our abilities as multi-instrumentalists. Not being restricted to one instrument, one place in the mix, allowed us to explore the moods, melodies and possibilities within each song on a much deeper level." And the results are chillingly beautiful.
"A truly poetic union of emotional pop-rock, soft electro-synth with a deeply rooted organic feel." - Record Rebellion
THE SKY LIFE is Justin Carter, Josh Steffen and Bobby Kuhl. Caves was co-produced and engineered by THE SKY LIFE in TSL Recording Suites in Edmonton and Vancouver over a period of nine months. The album was mastered at Suite Sound Labs (Bif Naked, SNFU, We Are The City) in Vancouver. Album artwork by Bobby Kuhl. Deep Elm also released the bands two previous albums "Roots And Wings" (2010) and "Dimes And Discourses" (2008). THE SKY LIFE currently resides in a place known as the Lower Mainland, Manhattan with Mountains, a liquid city, a tomorrow city, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, home of the Stanley Park sanctuary and the Canucks...Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Recommended For Fans of: Angels And Airwaves, Bon Iver, Anberlin, The Fray, Owl City
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in a lens i toiled. through a lens you chose to see. everything coloured, everything one shade. where we going now as a people you say as a race well a race to where? should i want to win this one? or should i just choose to lose? just want to know where i stand. ask anything you’d like, for this this is the bottom. ask anything you’d like here for this this is the bottom. im coming home for some time some time to talk with you. i feel i’m ready now to open up a bit. you know i’m needing the help don’t make me ask it. just want to know i want to know we need to know we can stand. who’d have of thought that i’d be here right now. who’d have of thought that i had given in. ask anything you’d like, for this this is the bottom. ask anything you’d like here for this this is the bottom. ask anything you’d like dear for us this is the bottom
Track Name: Stop Thinking
stop thinking of the future. stop thinking maybe all together? take some time away from all that you know you know. see there is death and dying cycles to enlist in your head. now is all i need, mark it and make it known. in an ocean of your thoughts and not their ideas. now is all we have spend it with you love in and ocean of your thoughts and not their ideas for you. calm yourself, sit and talk with your loves. give them a voice of their own. they never learned to speak loudly. and ask them who are you and from whence have you come? what would you have me do? i’ve travelled far to see you. now is all i need. mark it and make it known. in an ocean of my thoughts and not their ideals. now is all we have spend it with what you love. in and ocean of your thoughts and not their ideas. for you for you
Track Name: Granville
i love the man on the bridge. he makes the world seem like a movie screen. he’s a character that one...that one...you know the one. the ripples on the water all gold like that. it looks so good almost hinting at the stars above us. at what’s to come or what was. and this just goes to show. and this just goes to show our sides. i love the buildings across the water that cause the golden lights to shine. these wretched people are killing the world. well who knows? the earth may be getting old. the ripples on the water all gold like that. it looks so good almost hinting at the stars above us. at what’s to come or what was. and this just goes to show. and this just goes to show our sides
Track Name: Feel The Same
tell me what’s wrong. well tell me this now are you down with control? i’ll tell you this once, i’m not down with control. look me in the eye and tell me you don’t see the pain. look me in the eye and tell me you don’t feel the same. see the distance never did do much for me. life in a glass arms length for you to see. don’t touch it for what if you’s to break it all. you haven’t looked around, you haven't taken in the signs. if you break it then you bought it you don’t got it. sit down shut up and mind your mind. well tell me this now are you down with control. i’ll tell you this once, i’m not down with control. look me in the eye and tell me you don’t see the pain. look me in the eye and tell me you don’t feel the same
Track Name: Hey, I’m Coming Home
i headed over seas, i drifted over towns i couldn't believe that i was seeing or that anyone had. i motored down the western coast. i looked into hollywoods dreams and you know. what i loved the most was leaving that town. hey hey hey hey i’m coming home. hey hey hey hey i’m coming home. i had to get away. i just wasn’t sure what from. i suppose i enjoyed the time looking at the sites. i even gave my heart and head soul and feet away. for a couple of sleeps. man that dream seemed so real. hey hey hey hey i’m coming home. hey hey hey hey i’m coming home
Track Name: Get Up And Go
what will you do with me what are you plans. i trust, i trust, i trust, you know i do. soft touch, hard touch, high eye, low eye...be brave. is it enough to just be used? no, no...use me well. get up and go don’t move slow, we’re right in the middle of this. get up and go ya and don’t move slow we’re right in the thick of all it. let me know if your gonna be by me long. when you put so much into something you just want to feel like it’s for. let me know love with a steady eye. is it enough, to just be used? no, no...use me well. get up and go don’t move slow, we’re right in the middle of this. get up and go ya and don’t move slow we’re right in the thick of all it
Track Name: Son To The Seed
i tried to talk with you i feel you’re not a mind. behooved to walk with you soul in soul out. but with who? i tried to talk with you i feel you’re not a mind. behooved to walk with you soul in soul out. but with who? what do i know? time alone. time alone. the apple must have been crisp when juice fell from your lips, lordess. time alone, time alone
Track Name: Thought
Track Name: Freeman
in the wind she whistles to me the tune of my life. cherry tree shed their weight and souls they float dancin’ around me. they celebrate their freedom. all i know is that i know this feeling and it’ s a good one. it warms my chest and i should know. i’ll look back on this and say i knew it all along i knew it all along i knew it all along i knew it all along. all i know is that i know this feeling and it’ s a good one. it warms my chest and i should know. i’ll look back on this and say i knew it all along i knew it all along i knew it all along i knew it all along.
The audio equivalent of sitting on a warm beach watching the sun set. Just beautiful, utterly beautiful.
The repeated "I know, I know" in the final (and title) track is reminiscent of being comforted by a parent.
The album is like the warm embrace of family, supporting, loving and kind. Cassiopiea