Skybox are a local Chicago indie pop outfit comprised of Tim Ellis and Christian Fields, Mike Holtz and Dan Ingenthron. They’ve made a name for themselves with outlandish live shows and toured in support of artists like Ben Folds, Tilly and The Wall, Tally Hall and The Figurines.
Most of our sessions (and content) are admittedly skewed to folk, America and alt-country, but I’ve spent two weeks visiting and revisiting Skybox’s recent release, Morning After Cuts. Unlike our discussion about Midlake yesterday, Skybox keeps you on your toes and varies their sound from one song to the next. Infectious pop party songs loaded with hooks, bouncing keys and quirky falsetto vocals and harmonies are juxtaposed with stripped down tracks like “Trout” and “Slipping.”
While those catchy songs may be their signature, I find myself drawn to songs like “Trout,” featured here, where the songwriting is fully exposed. The album is forcing me to step a little outside of my normal listening patterns, but it’s much more than a blip on the radar. It’s a grower that continues to get better and better with repeated listens. I’m really looking forward to catching a set at SxSW 2010.
If you dug our live sessions with Eulogies and Jukebox The Ghost, then this session will be right up your alley. The band is touring with Tally Hall now and will be at SxSW 2010 in Austin. If you like what you hear, you can request a free CD at their website.
I’d also like to call attention to the amazing sweater featured in the videos.
Video: Skybox – Trout (live at Shirk Music + Sound)