I’ve got to admit that I’m a bit behind the curve here, not only on the band…but the label too. Eggs in Aspic is a cassette label, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, that has already put out an impressive number of releases since is began a few months ago. They are also shortly starting a Singles Club, which I’m guessing is more to do with music than dating.
The cassette has been making a bit of a comeback of late, I did not see that coming, and it really is a great medium for bands to get their music out there in physical form in a relatively cheap way…to the extent that I’ve even taken to eBay and got myself a cassette deck and walkman (there’s some real bargains out there) to explore some of this interesting sounds that are coming out.
Which brings me to Skyjelly, a band based in and around the New England area of the US, mainly Boston I think. Their album, Góst Rock, is one that immediately hit me as interesting and different, both in sound and atmosphere. The overall sound gives the impression that the tracks are improvised and ‘homemade’, and to an extent (possibly because I’ve just be listening to the newly re-issued version) reminded me of the Lift To Experience album ‘Texas Jerusalem Crossroads’. This, I would say, is because the music has the same sort of effortlessness to it, yet is also contains a certain finality around it too. You get the feeling that the sounds have poured out of the musicians like the only future is no future.
Having said that there is also a warmth to this album, and you get the sense that Skyjelly find an enormous amount of comfort in the music that they are playing; something that is relayed in to the listener very effectively. This is an album to listen to when a storm is raging outside, or if life feels as if it is disappearing under a tsunami of emotions. It is gentle and laid back enough to be soothing, yet interesting and accomplished enough to stimulate and challenge.
This, then, is a deceptively intense album, the band’s second apparently, that I feel has much more to give than on the two occasions I have had chance to listen to it. I am sure that it is going to be one of my goto albums for certain times of my life when I feel overwhelmed, yet want something inspiring rather than mindlessly palliative. It has real inner beauty that is well worth exploring.
‘Góst Rock’ is available in a limited edition of 50 copies on candy-coloured C60 cassettes in cream cases. Includes free pink and white mice candy from Eggs in Aspic.