There are echoes that fill the empty corners of life. Left from sight and mind for too long, these dark corners now stir with the haunted melody that is National Skyline's This = Everything (FT36). Floating on broken beats and tranquil soundscapes, this melody sheds sparse light on the ghosts familiar to the crevices of everyone's minds.
National Skyline formed in the autumn of 1996 asJeff Dimpsey (Hum) and Jeff Garber's (Castor)response to their post-rock pasts. After a national tour mid-'99 in support of their debut and the addition ofJames Minor (Compound Red) on guitar, Skyline recorded and released their File 13 debut, Exit Now(FT33), as a primer for their first, proper full-length.
As summer '00 saw its its last fleeting days, Garber,Dimpsey, and Minor settled further in to their converted loft recording studio to begin work on This = Everything. The lead off track, "Some Will Say," exhibits the manic attention given to these sequences while introducing "Disintegration"-esque guitar and bass lines that ebb and flow throughout. Apparent in tracks such as "A Million Circles" and "A Day on the Beach" are chilling soundscapes that parallel Eno'ssynthesized exploration on the Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks and Music for Airports. Garbermanages to fill the expansive song structures with sensual vocals that exude feelings both familiar and far-removed.