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Skyharbor’s second album funding coming along nicely

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A few weeks back, Skyharbor launched a Pledgemusic campaign to fund their second album; the follow-up to 2012′s exemplary Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos. This is something we feel everyone show readily throw themselves behind; the quintet – which includes principal songwriters Keshav Dhar and Dan Tompkins, as well as Intervals drummer Anup Sastry – produce some fine music, and the campaign itself is both modest and reasonable.

The band’s main goal is to raise enough to work with Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, The Butterfly Effect) to mix the album, as well as recruit animator Jess Cope (whose video for Steven Wilsonn’s “The Raven That Refused To Sing you’ll surely remember) to produce a video for them, which is great – wanting to add that extra edge of quality is commendable, and indeed, with the campaign already 87% funded at the time of writing, it’s clear they have the support of their fans for this.

As a thanks, yesterday the band made a brand new song available to pledgers, titled “Evolution.”; a special advance preview for them, which has now been released to the wider public. Have a listen:

It’s a tidy little video; the ebbing and flowing of colours looks great – but I’m not a massive fan of the lyrics. I don’t think they’re Tompkin’s strongest to date, and lyric videos are always tricky in that respect as they lay everything bare.

More-so, musically this song is very focussed on the vocals – it’s not got any of that big-riff feel that marked many of Blinding White Noise‘s passages, and a lot of the melody follows Dan’s lead. I’ve no doubt this is not the case across the whole album, and this song is being heard in a vaccuum, so I make no assumptions about the other tracks, but overall this just left me a little cold.

I imagine I am in a minority here, and to be fair, these are very much nitpicks. The production of the track is absolutely gorgeous, and the video is fantastically produced. Perhaps this a grower? Let us know your thoughts, anyway!