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Video of the Moment #697: Sky Larkin

 
By on Tuesday, 31st January 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

After a long break from the band and each other, Sky Larkin have a new song with a new video they want you to see. Called ‘Tiny Heist’, this is the first material they’ve released since ‘Kaleide’ in 2010. Nice and energetic. Watch the video below.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/35128649[/vimeo]

 

Album Review: Sky Larkin – Kaleide

 
By on Thursday, 23rd September 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Sky Larkin’s second album for Wichita Records sees them ploughing the same, American-influenced, lo-fi indie-pop furrow as their debut, last year’s ‘The Golden Spike’, something that will most likely come as a relief to those who heard that record. When the album was leaked a few weeks before the release date, the band decided to stream the album in its entirety on their Web site “so people could hear it as we wanted it to sound”. This ease with the possibilities of social media is hardly surprising, considering the fact that bass player Doug was recruited after a chat on MSN Messenger after the original bassist left to pursue other interests.

With acts like Sky Larkin, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Pulled Apart By Horses and the (sadly recently defunct) Grammatics, the City of Leeds seems to be making amends for unleashing the K**ser Ch**fs and the Pig**n Det**tives upon a world that was getting along just fine without them, thank you very much. Since signing to Wichita Records though, Sky Larkin have moved well beyond their local scene, recently supporting Broken Social Scene after spending much of the past year touring all over.

Katie Harkin, the main songwriter and lyricist, takes centre stage here and injects a depth and maturity into tracks like ‘Angelica Huston’ and album closer ‘Smarts (Shh Version)’ that shows clear signs of growth and development from their previous album. While they don’t really put a foot wrong over the course of the album, standout tracks like the aforementioned ‘Angelica Huston’ and album opener ‘Still Windmills’ (the video for which can be viewed below) are too few and far between. There’s enough here to suggest that Sky Larkin do have a great album in them (rhyming ‘precipice’ with ‘piece of piss’ alone wins them points in my book), sadly though, this isn’t it. As Katie Harkin sings in the first line of this album, “I know there’s potential”, the only question is whether that will be fully realised. Watch this space.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbGXAbYtoLY[/youtube]

7/10

‘Kaleide’ is out now on Wichita Recordings.

 

Video of the Moment #319: Sky Larkin

 
By on Saturday, 7th August 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

We’re quite loving the fantastic Sky Larkin here lately. This is their first single, ‘Still Windmills’ from their second album ‘Kaleide’ – watch and enjoy below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbGXAbYtoLY[/youtube]

MP3: Sky Larkin – Kaleide
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201007/skylarkin-kaleide.mp3]

MP3: Sky Larkin – Still Windmills (Ghost Hunter)
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201007/skylarkin-stillwindmills-ghosthunterremix.mp3]

MP3: Sky Larkin – Ion Square (Bloc Party cover)
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201001/ionsquare.mp3]

 

MP3 of the Day #215: Sky Larkin

 
By on Monday, 19th July 2010 at 10:00 am
 

Sky Larkin have never really been one of those bands that I’ve paid tonnes of attention to. However when I popped their new album, Kaleide, on for a spin the other day when walking to work, I fell in love – it’s the sort of good ol’ fashioned indie guitar stuff that Wichita manage to just attract so effortlessly to their label. Their new album, Kaleide sadly leaked onto the interwebs last week, so you can stream it for free on their official website, or be a really good person and do the right thing and pre-order their album that’s out on 9th August (also from their official website). Download the title track from the album below, and a rather creepy remix of the first track, Still Windmills. Download, listen and enjoy…

MP3: Sky Larkin – Kaleide
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201007/skylarkin-kaleide.mp3]

MP3: Sky Larkin – Still Windmills (Ghost Hunter)
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201007/skylarkin-stillwindmills-ghosthunterremix.mp3]

and previously:

MP3: Sky Larkin – Ion Square (Bloc Party cover)

[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201001/ionsquare.mp3]
 

Sky Larkin / September 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 16th July 2010 at 3:09 pm
 

The fabulous Sky Larkin has announced a tour of the UK for September. Support on some of the dates will be provided by Dutch Uncles (see starred dates), who Jess introduced us to last November and you the readers voted #7 on our 10 for 2010 poll. Tickets for this tour are on sale now.

Friday 10th September 2010 – Brighton Audio
Saturday 11th September 2010 – Bristol Cooler
Sunday 12th September 2010 – Leicester Musician
Tuesday 14th September 2010 – Aberdeen Cafe Drummonds*
Wednesday 15th September 2010 – Glasgow Captain’s Rest*
Thursday 16th September 2010 – Manchester Night And Day*
Friday 17th September 2010 – Nottingham Bodega*
Saturday 18th September 2010 – Aldershot West End Centre*
Monday 20th September 2010 – London Lexington*
Tuesday 21st September 2010 – Cambridge Haymakers*
Wednesday 22nd September 2010 – York Fibbers*
Thursday 23rd September 2010 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club*

 

MP3 of the Day #139: Sky Larkin

 
By on Monday, 11th January 2010 at 10:00 am
 

I haven’t posted much about Sky Larkin before, but after this discovery I’m gonna be paying them a lot more attention.

I’ve already deafened you with my slightly over-the-top love for Bloc Party (here), but Sky Larkin have taken a stand-out track from ‘Intimacy’ (‘Ion Square’) and made it possibly even better than it was before. Slower, more stripped back, more hauntingly beautiful than the original.

MP3: Sky Larkin – Ion Square (Bloc Party cover) (via my ace new find, Separated By Motorways)

[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/media/201001/ionsquare.mp3].

 
 
 

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