By Amanda Mills
Skallander are Bevan Smith (also known as Signer) and Matthew Mitchell, who have been playing together in various bands since their teens. This self-produced, self-titled third album is the duo’s first international release, and shows them to be partial to the experimental and ambient sounds of early Pink Floyd, Jose Gonzales and Kings of Convenience. Songwriting and musicianship are both of utmost importance, the intricately played, folk sounds are mixed with an understated electronic bed to create a strangely effecting album, with skilled guitar playing from Mitchell. The vocals, in parts ethereal and haunting, fit well with the easy melodies and somewhat prog-rock style of music. While the majority of the record is created from guitars and subtle electronics, interesting instrumental touches do appear - accordion on Future Life, and brass on instrumental opener Haala. Time Is Only A Revolution provides a diversion with the distinct ring of a catchy ‘60s pop song, complete with time changes and heavy psychedelic fade-out. This beautiful album is sonic experimentation at its most intricate.