Album Review: Sky Larkin – Kaleide

By on Thursday, 23rd September 2010 at 12:00 pm

Sky Larkin’s second album for Wichita Records sees them ploughing the same, American-influenced, lo-fi indie-pop furrow as their debut, last year’s ‘The Golden Spike’, something that will most likely come as a relief to those who heard that record. When the album was leaked a few weeks before the release date, the band decided to stream the album in its entirety on their Web site “so people could hear it as we wanted it to sound”. This ease with the possibilities of social media is hardly surprising, considering the fact that bass player Doug was recruited after a chat on MSN Messenger after the original bassist left to pursue other interests.

With acts like Sky Larkin, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Pulled Apart By Horses and the (sadly recently defunct) Grammatics, the City of Leeds seems to be making amends for unleashing the K**ser Ch**fs and the Pig**n Det**tives upon a world that was getting along just fine without them, thank you very much. Since signing to Wichita Records though, Sky Larkin have moved well beyond their local scene, recently supporting Broken Social Scene after spending much of the past year touring all over.

Katie Harkin, the main songwriter and lyricist, takes centre stage here and injects a depth and maturity into tracks like ‘Angelica Huston’ and album closer ‘Smarts (Shh Version)’ that shows clear signs of growth and development from their previous album. While they don’t really put a foot wrong over the course of the album, standout tracks like the aforementioned ‘Angelica Huston’ and album opener ‘Still Windmills’ (the video for which can be viewed below) are too few and far between. There’s enough here to suggest that Sky Larkin do have a great album in them (rhyming ‘precipice’ with ‘piece of piss’ alone wins them points in my book), sadly though, this isn’t it. As Katie Harkin sings in the first line of this album, “I know there’s potential”, the only question is whether that will be fully realised. Watch this space.



‘Kaleide’ is out now on Wichita Recordings.

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11:44 am
6th December 2010

Vote for Sky Larkin or any of your favourite vinyl album covers of the year! Kaleide is one of the nominees for Best Art Vinyl 2010. To check out the nominations or to vote yourself, go to

Vinyl love xxx

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