What it is, it isn't

by Christopher Sky

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What It Is, It Isn't was written in tandem with his 2018 LP Vastness (a co-release with Aagoo Records and Hidden Shoal), with the former always planned to be a follow up to the latter.

The second album was always planned to be a counterpoint to the first, with rhythms and live synths giving the listener a different look from the minimal and introspective soundscape

leanings of the first.

Christopher realized that a lot had changed since he started working on what became the second album, including some radical shifts in his personal life — a relationship with his significant other, a passing in his family, and a new direction in life.

Songs like “CZ97” and “Knight of Cups” use samba like rhythms layered over beautiful synthesizers and Vibraphone parts capturing various stages of mood and reflection. And keeping true to his sound, songs like “Under the Waves”and “Travelers Theme” give the album moments for pause and reflection.

The irony here, of course, is that the music contained on What It Is, It Isn’t is perhaps Christopher at his most enriching and most engrossing, perhaps never sounding more alive and awake yet. Beat driven melodies and analog arpeggios paint the album with this warm along blankets, captured from a vintage Akai 1810D reel to reel tape machine.

Taking notes from his predecessors The Album Leaf, Tycho and Mice Parade, Christopher creates a sound that is both driving and contemplative.

-Bizzarre Magazine

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released March 13, 2020

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Christopher Sky Los Angeles, California

Employing guitar, rhodes piano, electronics and loops, Christopher Sky crafts soundscapes that feel boundless and expansive. Constantly evolving, each piece adopts nuanced textural and rhythmic motifs as both narrative devices and atmospheric signifiers. Sky’s deft handling of space and scale delivers some truly beatific vistas that are both inviting and transportive. ... more

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