All-encompassing dance-rock fusion Nevadasky’s “Nevada Sky” works as an anthemic, arena-filling sound. Volume is a given. These are songs that deserve to be played loud, real loud, the sort of physical loud that completely overwhelms a person. Every single element adds to the driving, clear-eyed vision of the groove. With hooks aplenty, they manage to bring in a tremendous amount of detail into the mix. Distinct elements of a futuristic spaghetti western sound bridge the difference between their pop instincts versus cinematic flourishes, neatly residing in the middle ground of those two extremes. Best of all are the attention-grabbing vocals which seemingly take over a vast, unknowable space.
Highly original in their approach, there are some references to their darkly beautiful sound. Nods to Depeche Mode’s brooding romanticism feels unavoidable. Beyond this, the electronic flourishes do bring to mind the intensity of the Chemical Brothers. The many layers are woven together resulting in a kaleidoscopic amount of color that bursts on through. So much energy comes on through, and during some moments they even bring to mind a 90s alternative rock pose for there is a raw grit to the whole of the collection.
“Dust” starts things up with a great wave of sound, one that crushes upon the listener. Layer upon layer adds to the power of the sound, for it is a true piece of urgency to it. Electronic flourishes have a chaotic quality to it, and the distortion reigns supreme. Quite heavy indeed is the title track “Nevada Sky”. By far the highlight of the EP, “Nevada Sky” brings a little bit of post-rock’s spaciousness into the surroundings, for riffs seemingly waft on up into the air. Interplay gains an inspired tact with “Behind a Closer Door” where the vocals have a unique polish to them. Traces of progressive rock enters into the casual cool mix, for theirs is a deep Byzantine series of patterns that interlock. Drama underpins the theatrical style of “I’ll Be Fine” for every single piece falls into piece. Quite reflective, they have a meditative aspect as the cyclical spirit of the work feels akin to trying to work through a seemingly unsolvable problem. Ending things with a heavy electronic kick comes the soothing finale of “The Sands of Time”.
Nevadasky’s “Nevada Sky” captures the giganticness of the American West, finding a romanticized version that updates the legend of the westward march into wide-open spaces in a way that feels uniquely their own.