Christian Bassett, founder of the Skyed Pillars project lives in Germany but hails from the Isle of Wight,UK. Bassett has been experimenting with various music styles for around 10 years now. He plays guitar, bass, drums and piano, as well as helping other bands with producing, songwriting and mixing. Bassett says he has attempted electronic stuff, plus different rock and metal genres, but as an emotionally stimulated person, he particularly feels more at home with emotional and melodically induced music, which is why he started Skyed Pillars.
Of his album, ‘the passing’, which was released in April of this year, Bassett has this to say: “Every human experiences emotional tragedy in a very different way. Depending on your experiences and adventures, you might find the tragedy of others not as saddening. It’s part of what makes us unique. It is also part of what makes understanding others often so very difficult. The passing is a story of tragedy and healing. May it be your own, may it be of others. May it help in healing you the way that writing music heals me.”
From thundering avalanches of sound, to soft and glistening melodies, Skyed Pillars’ ‘the passing’ is an intense and very dynamic album. It is not as crunchingly heavy as you’d expect Post-Rock/Metal to be, but heavy is definitely not what Skyed Pillars is all about. Skyed Pillars is about melodic soundscapes, and the soundscapes painted with this release is of a majestic scale. It seems to capture ocean-like swelling sounds, which is not only a very atmospheric, but is also very cleverly crafted as nothing sounds out of place, overdone, repetitive or overly accented.
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The tracks on the album, which each vary in length between seven and eleven minutes, creatively drive home a dreamlike and pondering emotional state of being. Whoever thinks that music can’t be dark and light, heavy and uplifting all at once needs to listen to this. The songs start out sparse and melancholy sounding, and then burst with noise and distortion into amazing climaxes, taking you through a whole gamut of emotions. “Reawakening” and “The Great Journey” are two tracks that play perfect testimony to this theory.
But all throughout the album, and especially as can be heard on standout songs like, “Collapse” and “Median”, the beautiful build-ups, melodies, and heart-stopping riffs make-up for the absence of any vocal tracks.
In closing, each song on ‘the passing’, is full of unique, driven and beautiful musical passages that you can become completely immersed in, absorbing every sound, every note, every riff and accepting it for what it is. Music that is played with passion is so hard to come by these days. So before you run out to the store to pick up the latest chart topping release, check out Skyed Pillars and explore some instrumental sounds.
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