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Sky Picnic


Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.20 | 3 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Lost Is Found' - Sky Picnic (4/10)

Coming back now with a drummer added to their ranks, Sky Picnic released this ten minute single's release. Having been impressed by what the partnership of Chris Sherman and Leah Cinnamon churned out on the debut EP 'Synesthesia', I had high hopes for this one. Sadly, the baroque charm that made the first EP so good is absent here, making for a set of music that is much harder to recommend.

Sky Picnic's sound is centered around the vintage sounds of the 1960's, with specific regards to the psychedelic scene of the age. The Picnic boast an incredibly authentic recreation of the sounds from this era; if I didn't know that this band was making music in the new millennium, I would have no problem believing that this was some obscure act from the late '60s. In any case, despite the addition of percussionist Pete Meriwether, Sky Picnic's sound has not changed much since 2008's 'Synesthesia'. 'Lost Is Found' is a two song expansion on what they were originally doing. One thing that is missing from their sound this time however, are memorable melodies, and the sort of Syd Barett-esque charm that I was liking so much with the first batch of Sky Picnic tracks. Both of the songs here are mellow to the point of anaesthesia, and somewhat aimless.

This is one of the few singles I have heard where the b-side is actually more effective than the leading track. 'Lost Is Found' is a completely forgettable track, consisting mostly of psychedelic soundscaping and atmosphere. For what it's worth, it is executed rather well, with guitars pleasantly swelling with effects. The music never seems to go anywhere though, and as a result, 'Lost Is Found' wanders into the background. 'Strange Things Are Afoot' is a little more successful, with Leah Cinnamon's lower pitched vocals weaving in and out of the song. Her voice still has the same somewhat off-key cadence to it, and while it fits the style that Sky Picnic are performing here, her vocal melodies are lackluster here.

'Lost Is Found' is a disappointment, considering what a strong first foot they set off with on 'Synesthesia'. Sky Picnic still bring a warm, vintage sound to the table, but the unsuccessful composition of this EP is not quite compensated by the execution.

Conor Fynes | 2/5 |


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