Review: StrangeColorSky – “Glass”

Light and airy guitars aren’t enough sometimes, and the same can be said about those of the heavier variety. “Glass,” by StrangeColorSky is an exciting new single, the second released by them this year, that fits the rare sweet spot in between. With its honest lyrics, fantastic instrumental backing and stellar production, it’s hard to go wrong with it. In fact, it may be the best song I’ve heard this year.

Since their first single, “Youth,” released in July 2019, the band has been showing off their eclectic influences, which include the likes of Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Tool, to produce a unique sound. For example, their first album, The Canterbury Tales, has songs like “Blue” and “Seasick,” which are modern and indie, next to songs like “Dandelion,” which hearken back to the 90s. “Killjoy,” released in May of this year, was a dynamic wallop, starting off nice and cheery before diving into slower, grunge-like choruses. This latest single has all the elements of their sound in one place, masterfully integrating them into a great listening experience.

The mood of “Glass,” like the band’s music, is a combination of different things. In this instance it’s melancholy and an IDGAF attitude with a hint of contentment. Against a cool background of a delayed guitar, crisp cymbals and synths, singer Dani Lavoie sings about driving on the freeway, the pressures of life creeping in on her and the being “on the outside, looking in.” When I listen to “Glass,” I can’t help but feel like I’m on the road too, with the afternoon sun in my face and only a few cars scattered in front of me. It’s a great feeling, and when the song ends I want it back immediately.

The thing that stuck with me the most through multiple listens is the guitar. Hearing it brought to mind Love Battery’s “Between the Eyes” and similar songs. “Glass” ultimately sounds nothing like them, but this just shows how they’ve managed to transform their influences into something new.

Whatever StrangeColorSky’s magic formula is is working tremendously for them. They’re definitely a band to watch. I can’t wait for their next release.

-Michael Parke