Monday, August 16, 2010

Crept Up On Me

I'm back from Vietnam, and the songs keep rolling. Today's selection, 'In A Dream' by Arizona-based indie pop quintet Skybox, crept up on me gradually since it arrived in March buried in an avalanche of new singles by new bands.

Its main charms are its perky, airy retro-80s new wave beat and melody and its Prince-like falsetto vocal.

Formed in 2005 by lead singer/songwriter Tim Ellis, Skybox is deeply influenced by music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, mostly from before they were born.. The band scrapes by touring small venues - often using costumes, confetti, snack cakes and the occasional chicken suit. They have recorded two enjoyable and diverse albums. In their own words: 'In an age dripping with irony, Skybox has a refreshing sincerity that reminds us that great pop songs can mean what they say..'

The band's 'In A Dream' video is wrapped in a monster movie-themed frame...

Here's 'Morning After Cuts,' the title track of their new album...

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