Los Angeles-based Christopher Sky is releasing his new LP What It Is, It Isn’t
on March 13th via Aagoo Records
For Los Angeles-based ambient electronic artist Christopher Sky, (real name Christopher Garcia) the upcoming What It Is, It Isn’t album turned out much different from what he initially set
out to do with his solo music endeavor.
Performing was capturing beautiful emotions in his music, but it wasn’t enough. Growing up in house where his parents played music every morning — specifically, soundtracking his mornings getting ready for school with Kraftwerk, Echo and the Bunnymen, Prefab Sprout and early Depeche Mode — it was difficult to leave out aspects of his life that he thought would better inform his artistic point of view.
Driving rhythms and synthesizers were a big part of why Christopher was even interested in creating music in the first place, and this is what is finally captured on What It Is, It Isn’t, set
for a March 13th release on Aagoo Records.
An early version record contained sparse, ambient versions of what is now front and center on the new album, ultimately becoming a sketch pad for the deeper colors and hues he would ultimately add.
What It Is, It Isn't was written in tandem with his 2018 LP Vastness (a co-release with Aagoo Records and Hidden Shoal), with the former always planned to be a follow up to the latter.
The second album was always planned to be a counterpoint to the first, with rhythms and live synths giving the listener a different look from the minimal and introspective soundscape
leanings of the first.
Christopher realized that a lot had changed since he started working on what became the second album, including some radical shifts in his personal life — a relationship with his significant other, a passing in his family, and a new direction in life.
'So what I thought I wanted and what I had... shifted and became something else. Hence the name of the new album”, he explains.
Songs like “CZ97” and “Knight of Cups” use samba like rhythms layered over beautiful synthesizers and Vibraphone parts capturing various stages of mood and reflection. And keeping true to his sound, songs like “Under the Waves”and “Travelers Theme” give the album moments for pause and reflection.
He started his post-rock/electronic hybrid live band Let’s Drive to Alaska when he was 15 years old. As the sole, he admits that he learned as he went along, growing artistically actively doing
As it continued to shapeshift over the years, he decided in 2009 to strip it down and go back to the basics. This mirrored his growing interest and immersion in the ambient and contemporary classical scene, looking to artists like Fennesz, Hauschka and Radicalfashion as inspiration.
He liked the idea of presenting performances like pieces, which became a different beast from the sight-lines of Let’s Drive to Alaska, which at one time had 8 people performing as a part of a
The irony here, of course, is that the music contained on What It Is, It Isn’t is perhaps Christopher at his most enriching and most engrossing, perhaps never sounding more alive and awake yet. Beat driven melodies and analog arpeggios paint the album with this warm along blankets, captured from a vintage Akai 1810D reel to reel tape machine.
Taking notes from his predecessors The Album Leaf, Tycho and Mice Parade, Christopher creates a sound that is both driving and contemplative.
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Christopher Sky - CZ97