“In a world where collaborations, especially at such a level, are rare, we can only applaud the gesture. This new album is simply remarkable”
“’…the rich record brims with emotive soul that manages to be intimate yet absolutely grand”
“Music as soulful as it is enraptured, imbued with deep melancholy and cinematic beauty: SILENT SKIES conjures images of subtle sadness in the dark winter sky.”
Classic Rock, GER
“An album made for long, gloomy and thoughtful winter evenings.”
“An antistress remedy in notes.”
Sonic Seducer, GER
“On their second album, SILENT SKIES take the listener on an acoustic journey that
is full of surprises.”
“ …one of the first highlights of 2022.”
…a dark, haunting ambient soundscape…”
Folk N Rock, USA
“…a not-to-be-missed album…”
Metal Kaoz, USA
“…like a calm sea after a storm…”
A&P Reacts, CAN
SILENT SKIES, the cinematic ambient project of Evergrey’s Tom S. Englund and classically trained pianist and composer Vikram Shankar (Redemption), have finally unveiled their second studio album and label debut, Nectar, via Napalm Records today.
This spectacular full-length soaked in a melancholic atmosphere showcases the touching intensity of SILENT SKIES’ musical expression without holding anything back. Infinite, heartfelt Nectar enchants with sounds like pure poetry lifting off the page and wrapping around its listener with a gentle glow as it combines the reminiscence of the likes of producers and composers such as Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and Ludovico Einaudi, and bands ranging from Sigur Rós to Anathema. The balance between haunting instrumentals and vocal intensity that complement each other in perfect harmony walks a delicate line where listeners are treated to the best of both worlds.
To accompany the release of Nectar, SILENT SKIES’ emotive third single “Let It Hurt” has been released together with an intense official music video. “Let It Hurt” addicts with an intimate intro possible due to Tom S. Englund’s heartbreaking vibrato, quickly developing dramatically and wrapping the listener in a multitude of evocative sounds, blending cinematic strings and piano with hooky modern vocals.
Vikram Shankar on “Let It Hurt”:
“To celebrate the release of Nectar, we are thrilled to unveil this video for ‘Let It Hurt’, directed with a subtle and artistic touch by our dear friend Patric Ullaeus. ‘Let It Hurt’ was one of the first pieces of music written for Nectar, and its composition was a dramatic catalyst for the way the rest of the album would turn out; writing and listening back to ‘Let It Hurt’ gave us immediate and intuitive visions of some of the new ground Nectar was to cover. It provides a window into some of the new sonic possibilities of the record, while simultaneously harkening back to the intimate core nucleus of SILENT SKIES that fans know well: piano, vocals, strings, and heart-rending honesty. We hope you enjoy Nectar as much as we enjoyed making it!”
Dive into the sonic universe of SILENT SKIES and watch the
official video for “Let It Hurt” HERE