May 2012 23

Skydivers - Hello. AtmosphereSkydivers
Category: Indie Rock / Shoegazer
Album: Hello. Atmosphere
Stars: 3
Blurb: Dreamy pop/rock that recalls the saccharine ‘80s with a bit of ‘90s lushness, sound perhaps just a little too familiar and comfortable.


Baltimore, Maryland beholds a diverse music scene, full of numerous styles of underground rock, metal, and electronic bands. Among them, Skydivers present a sweet return to a style of rocking pop that recalls the ambient expanse of U2 with the bittersweet melodies of later era New Order. Headed by Spacey Cuéllar and backed up by various associates from the surrounding scene, the songs on Hello. Atmosphere feature a lush blend of echoing layers of guitar melodies, grooving rhythms, and topped off by Cuéllar’s somber tenor. A steady beat awash in sustained guitar and keyboard atmosphere begins the album with “No Sky’s Too High,” living up to its title and the band’s name with an ethereal and seemingly infinite aural environment that never closes in on the listener. Each song is like a soundtrack to a dreamscape, from the moderate romp of fluid guitar lines and driving drumbeats on “So Easy,” to the twinkling layers of guitar and bass shimmering without the need for percussion on “You,” to the siren-esque arpeggio backdrop of “Mommy” giving way to lovely vocal harmonies fading into the keyboard drenched ambience. Cuéllar’s gentle instrumental touch is soaked throughout in liberal amounts of reverb, offering clarity of tone that gives an impression akin to U2’s The Edge performing alongside The Cure, while the vocals stay within a moderately high range that will surely remind listeners of the likes of Bernard Sumner or Morrissey. Ending with “X13,” a hidden track of electronic and vocalized noise and feedback, Hello. Atmosphere is a pleasant album full of shoegazing pop/rock that will be comfortably familiar to many listeners, although it is this familiarity that can be a bit of a letdown as one struggles to find those subtle traces that define Skydivers’ music apart from their range of influences. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing to wear one’s influences proudly, which Cuéllar and his compatriots do so quite well. If nothing else, Hello. Atmosphere is a fine collection of songs from a band that will give listeners the sonic equivalent of floating weightless miles above the surface of the Earth.
Track list:

  1. No Sky’s Too High
  2. Summer Sky
  3. Dance with Me
  4. Sad Man
  5. So Easy
  6. Disappear
  7. You
  8. Sadness You Crave
  9. Mommy
  10. Singing in My Sleep
  11. Within Me/You
  12. Season of Hope
  13. X13

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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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