Whilst doing my usual music-related rounds, trying to figure out what I should start saving up for, I came across this little tidbit for July Skies’ upcoming releases. Yes, releases, plural, as in more than one. Which, if you’re a fan of shimmery, drifty music a la Slowdive and The Durutti Column, should make you smile.
The first release is a compilation titled Where The Days Go, which is scheduled to come out on Make Mine Music in June 2006. The tracklist is:
- Coastal Stations (Radio WZBC Session)
- Swallows And Swifts (Radio WZBC Session)
- Countryside Of 1939 (Radio WZBC Session)
- Learning With Mother (Radio WZBC Session)
- The Softest Kisses (At The Height Of Summer b-side)
- The Days We Played (At The Height Of Summer b-side)
- Southern Orchards (At The Height Of Summer b-side)
- Childhood Illustrator I
- The Map That Came To Life
- It’s Late In The Day For Love
- Wiltshire Days And Skies
- August Country Fires (Epic45 Remix)
- RAF Saxa Vord
- Countryside Of 1939 (?????? ????? Remix)
- Autumn 45 Fires
- Waiting To Land (Epic45 Remix)
- Air To Ground At Manorbier
- You Take Me Through The Day
- Coastal Station (Live At The Ica 02.02.02)
Three of these tracks — “Swallows and Swifts”, “Berkswell”, and “The Days We Played” — can be listened to on the band’s MySpace page. And as one might assume, they’re quite lovely, full of hazy, effects-laden guitars and Antony Harding’s fragile vocals that bring to mind rural sunsets, mist-covered British countrysides, and other such imagery.
The second release will be July Skies’ third album proper, the long-awaited (at least around these parts) The Weather Clock, which is scheduled for a release in the autumn.
On a related note, an exclusive July Skies track — “Pevsner Broke Our Hearts” — will be on the upcoming Little Darla Has A Treat For You compilation. Due out on May 1, the two-disc affair will also include exclusive tracks from the likes of Aarktica, Robin Guthrie (The Cocteau Twins), Manual, Mahogany, Depth Affect, Melodium, Yellow6, and Epic45 — to name but a few. More info can be found on Darla’s website.