Skyfalling revels in a bright, brilliant 90s indie rock sheen with the raw dazed wonderland of “The Chase EP”. Everything here hits just right from the driving force of Dave Parker’s bass to the propulsive energy of Frank Martell’s drums. Vocals even recall a bit of Kim Deal’s work with the Breeders, as Keiko Takamura possesses that same degree of assuredness in the power of lyricism. Jagged edged splendor runs through the whole of Manny Rodriguez’s deft guitar work for his uncanny ability to spool out those riffs into the infinite feels outright plush. Of course, heavily indebted to 90s alt rock, indie rock, et al they delve into a spirit that has a sheer physicality to it.
Volume is an absolute must for theirs is a sound best felt as well as heard. Besides the clear comparisons to indie rock legends like the Breeders, they incorporate the noisier bits of Blonde Redhead into their overall scope. Beyond this, the lines to groups like the early aughts and chronically underappreciated Ambulance Ltd and Autolux feels particularly timely. Theirs is an approach that feels quite classic. Layer upon layer of sound filters into the fray never coming across as lifeless but rather teeming with energy.
They start things up with a soulfulness on the powerful opener and title track “The Chase”. Immediately that rhythm section feels so pitch perfect, with the drums hitting in a way that feels completely satisfying. From there they let things unfurl at their own pace for pace is the trick. Vocals neatly nestle their way into the mind with lyrics that opt for a poetic approach. A shot of adrenaline “Even If We Didn’t Start the Fire” features an approach that draws from No Joy’s chaotic fury, as the piece works itself into a frenzy.
On the impeccably perfectly named “I’m in Love With Being Sad” they neatly sum up the bleary feeling that comes from all-consuming disappointment. The darkened edges of the sound filter their way into the fray making in the EP highlight. A nod to Galaxie 500’s slowcore musings and clever storytelling, the piece explores the innerworkings of a mind blown out with depression. Powerful physicality and a tactile quality bring the EP to a close on the race of “Fantasy”.
Skyfalling take the best bits of the 90s, the raw ragged production that possesses more soul than polish and deliver it in a way that feels visceral on “The Chase EP”.