Does Dream-Pop Project Pink Skies' Psychedelic Debut EP Really Matter? Hell Yes It Does.
Last year, Oakland-based artist Arieh Berl started diving into Pink Skies, a dream-pop project that has since morphed into a display of expert production and, well, major make-out music. Accompanied by his equally talented pals Yianni, Theo, Petro, and Mikale, Ari churns out woozy soundscapes like nobody's business. In fact, the guys just dropped Pink Skies' debut EP, Does It Really Matter?, last month. Spoiler alert: It does.
We invited Ari to tell us a little about the new record and we're stoked to share what he has to say about it...
Does It Really Matter? opens with "Start.End," Pink Skies' very first single released last year. Awash in synth trills, otherworldly warbles, and percussive thumps, it was a stellar debut effort, garnering apt similarities to Tame Impala's funky psych-pop style. This decadent instrumentation continues on "Passing Me By," more in-your-face psychedelic this time with sweet falsetto and incessant vibrato. Deep bass and fizzling percussion pulse throughout the track, a frenetic arrangement showcasing Pink Skies' talent at production and composition. Next comes "Just To Get By," buzzing with more old-school synth influences, a whirling, dazzling soundscape you're bound to get lost in if you can't grab on for dear life to one of Ari's reflective lines like "It feels I'm going nowhere / But around the same dream."
The halfway point of Does It Really Matter? finds "Reflections," dripping in sleepy psych-pop rhythms. It's mesmeric, Ari's signature ethereal vocals moving in and out of the lush synth world he's built up. On "Grizzly Peak," things slow down as Pink Skies offer up a spellbinding instrumental moving along at a soft crawl, swollen with swirling reverb. Once we're lulled halfway to a reverie, we're awoken by bursts of fizzy, mellow tones on Ari's cover of 6LACK's "Gettin' Old." He transforms it into an almost unbearably refreshing summer track, mouthwateringly dreamy in the vocals and flavored by unrelenting chillwave vibes. The EP ends with "I Don't Wanna See You Cry," a groovy and slightly melodramatic bop. It's still got the laidback wooziness of the rest of the EP, but there's some new tones, too, like slow burn 80s-love-song thumps and more tender guitar riffs.
Does It Really Matter? is a masterful collection of psych-pop soundscapes, not one track left lacking. Together, Ari and the band carefully curate drunken synth rhythms and slaps of percussion for a hypnotic sonic union.
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