The Sky Drops have yet to disappoint.
Their newest collection of songs, titled Making Mountains, is exactly what you want in a third album. It keeps the signature moves while taking a turn for the more emotionally complicated. If their first album was cupcakes, then their second album was a birthday cake, and this one is a wedding cake. Up next? Hopefully a Guinness-Book-of-World-Records-sized wedding cake.
It kicks off with Explain it to Me, which feels in spirit more like a b-side of their last effort, Bourgeois Beat. The second song, Cut That Corner, gets stronger, fiercer, yet maintains a soft edge with their heart-bending pretty harmonies. Keeper follows with a tinge of raincloud psychpop. It’s one of those songs you kind of expect to double in length at a live show. Out the Window delves a little more into the dreamy life-in-a-cloud style that enraptured young fans in the earliest stages of their career. You can definitely hear some My Bloody Valentine and Lush influence there, along with a hint of Jesus and Mary Chain. The last song, Together-ing, is the one you will put on repeat. This is the one you will put in your movie soundtrack. This is the one you will make love to by candlelight. They lose the layers of sound and strip everything down to a light swaying finger-picked acoustic guitar, which shimmers like the ocean under a full moon. The vocals get sweet, melancholy, and somehow ominous… it feels like the strange green-gray calm that bell-jars the breath out of a city just before a hurricane.