When you look up the band “More Than Skies,” you’ll find that they are described as “Angsty Folk-Rock.” This might seem strange, but after listening to this band’s self- titled album, More Than Skies, I can say their genre description is perfect. Adam James, the singer and songwriter of this self-titled Double LP puts a little bit of everything into this LP, and that should be applauded.
The first song on the album, “Careful the Balloons Don’t Slip Through Your Fingers” starts slow and gains momentum throughout the song. This becomes a pattern over the course of the next few songs. A personal favorite “I’m a Gentleman at Heart, But I Eat Sheep Alive,” especially since the instrumentals of the song have a catchy pattern and the lyrics have impact.
A lot of the songs on this album are very sad, evoking that angsty feeling. “Fever Dream,” “I Still Feel Everything,” and “As Soon as You Come Back” are a few examples of this for their energetic beats but down-to-earth lyrics. The energy of these songs could easily distract someone from their honesty, unless they listened closely to their lyrics.
The rest of the record integrates rock and indie styles which work just as well, while still maintaining lyrics that resonate. It would have been easy to appreciate this album without even understanding the meaning behind each song, but the lyrical diversity of each song makes it even more impressive.
Subjects range from why people change and how to move, failed relationships, realizing memories and life lessons, and giving life another chance. This album has a song for just about anything you’re going through.
Although, 24 songs was a lot, the different rhythms make this album an easy listen. Every aspect of every song was so different that playing this album all the way through was an easy listen. It is clear how much effort went into making this album, and each song told a unique story. The long song titles, singing about life and relationships, and the instrumentals make this album sound like a mesh of Brand New, the 1975, and Real Friends.
Rating: 6 slices out of 8