Art-Pop Collective sky coloured Craft Mesmerizing Composition "in dreams"
Wild love is frenzied but quiet love is languishing and both are not without their faults and feats. London-based art-pop collective sky coloured know this — that’s why they’ve built a jazzy experimental project to explore all the many faces of attraction and affection.
On “in dreams,” a track off their new EP in the small hours, sky coloured creates an otherworldly soundscape touching the gloom of gospel, the sultry wail of jazz, and the discordant smash of 60s art-pop. “in dreams” opens with a tender piano line, foggy with the resounding swell of a church organ, haunted by hymns and challenged by an erotic undertone that sweeps the track. Nearly halfway in, the shimmering eruption of soft percussion joins the steady plink of piano, mournful trumpet, and gorgeous vocals — classic in an almost theatrical way, robust with a soulful quality. At times, “in dreams” languishes in dreamy solemnity, but at other points, it devolves into a woozy, desperate burst of color, not unlike the push-and-pull of love’s unsteady nature. Still, there’s a surprising cohesion to the composition in its soft, unwavering rhythm line keeping time like a heartbeat and those vocals fit for a thespian.
The music video for “in dreams” mimics the song’s elegant free-fall as lead vocalist Anthony T. Jackson and choreographer Eleanor Perry perform an entrancing dance in synchronicity as director Jem Talbot captures moody shots foggy with the film of vintage color treatment.