Skye Wallace is on a quest to compile stark elements of Canadian landscape and history into a contemporary musical archive. Often drawn from untold stories hidden in plain sight, Skye’s songs are dynamic, gritty, and orchestral, both the melodies and narratives sticking in your head long after listening.
Skye is currently residing, performing, and writing in Vancouver.
After having embarked on successful Canada-wide tours in 2011, 2013, and 2014, hitting the West Coast festival circuit, Canadian Music Week, and NXNE, Skye has just released her third full-length studio album. “Living Parts” is Skye’s highly-anticipated album about dead things — though the term “dead things” shouldn’t be taken at face value. In “Living Parts,” Skye exhumes and gives voice to the tiny fragments of hope, desire, and despair that echo in the wake of even the loneliest human lives.
Simultaneously visceral and ethereal, the tracks on “Living Parts” are a collection of strikingly personal portraits of characters at their most vulnerable, exposing the messy, fragile ‘parts’ that make them alive, or, in some cases, not quite alive. By turns reminiscent of the brooding, orchestral musical settings of Sigur Rós and The National, the quirkily evocative harmonics of Alt-J and Bon Iver, and a Canadiana take on the grunge-folk thrash of Neutral Milk Hotel, Against Me!, and The Weakerthans, Living Parts manages to constantly reference its roots while sounding like nothing you’ve heard before.
Backed by a full band and produced by Spencer Carson (Kyprios, Dead Soft, All My Friends), “Living Parts” was recorded over two weeks in remote Egmont, BC.
“Skye Wallace is a national treasure.”
“Skye Wallace’s music was one of the great finds of Searchlight. She writes personal, honest and powerful songs that Emmylou Harris or Gord Downie would be happy to have in their set.”
Senior Producer, CBC Music
“… Her enchanting voice is complimented by an array of instruments, some of which are highly unusual. Her music will make a worthy addition to any record collection.”
Music City Podcast \ CBC Radio West \ Welcome to Kelowna
“…hauntingly beautiful and eerie.”
“…The music seems to fill the entire room and entrance the audience.”
Vancouver Music Review
“A talented vocalist and instrumentalist with a hauntingly beautiful voice.”
Red On Black Music