Skeleton Coast dub their sound “swimgaze”, which they admit is “not a real genre” but fitting of their output nonetheless: “The guitars and vocals are drenched in reverb and delay, both of which are blended with both modern and vintage keyboard sounds as well as a heavy and occasionally tribal-esque rhythm section. Psychedelic and ethereal, the music sounds almost as if you are swimming or are immersed in water.”
Despite the water-driven references, even aquaphobes will find a certain comfort in Skeleton Coast’s sound, which harks to the early ’90s alternative explosion. More specifically, their angular guitar-driven attack reminds of Slint and early Smashing Pumpkins, the latter comparison prominent though the exhilarating nasally vocal tone on the extraordinary “Young”, a collision of infectious jangle-pop and the Pumpkins’ alt-rock, laden with bouncy keys and all. The warm waves of distortion help complement a self-professed My Bloody Valentine love, but most of Skeleton Coast’s appeal is in the extraordinary songwriting that resounds with a crisp clarity. The gorgeous “Greenhouse”, with a lush atmospheric appeal reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s grandiose psych-rock efforts, shows this just as well. Grab Skeleton Coast’s full-length EP here.