Music Review – Child of Fire

Album: Child of Fire
Artist: Sky White Tiger

I grew up with the sounds of Moby, Love Inc., and Radiohead. The one thing that I loved about these artists was the surreal combination between the moody electronic effects and unearthly singing. Even to this day, when I need music to spark a creative idea, listen to while exercising, or soothe my anxious mind, I will listen to this type of music.

Created by Louis Schwadron, formerly of Polyphonic Spree, Sky White Tiger is the musician’s Psych-Pop alter ego. Sky White Tiger has written, recorded, and performed with well-known artists like David Bowie, Elton John, The National, and even Radiohead. Child of Fire is Sky White Tiger’s second EP, released this past February, and is available on iTunes.

When I saw Sky White Tiger’s impressive musical history and his association with some of my favourites I was overjoyed to listen to such a prestigious performer. With tones and melodies that remind me of Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Porter Robinson, and Moby, the songs on Child of Fire rise above the Electro-Pop of today to create something that is celestial, transcendental, and leading the genre into a bright and melodious future.

In truth I have a hard time picking a favourite song on this album. Each track has something to offer, whether it is soulful vocals, pulsating rhythms, or pacifying bass. If listened to loudly or through headphones (which is something that I love to do with music this complex) the exploration of the layers upon layers of sounds in each track gives me the same feeling that I have when I marvel at the night sky on a perfectly clear night; when you can make out the intricacies of the Milky Way and each star joyfully revels in its own existence. It is hard to explain what is it about Sky White Tiger’s melodies that make me feel this way, but some performers seem to have an ability to capture and create overwhelming emotions and sensations in their music.

The title track “Child of Fire” has superb 80s inspired tones that are sure to stir some hearts. On the other hand, “Common” showcases modern Pop genre elements that many are familiar with and enhances the elements with a unique flair.

“don’t Matter Much” uses the melodramatic sound of the piano to enhance the feelings of sorrow and deep reflection, which is why Sky White Tiger reminds me so much of Coldplay. The piano in “Heartbeat” is at the other end of the spectrum, using higher notes and a faster pace to create an exhilarating atmosphere that draws the listener in and leaving them surprised with the melancholy vocals.

“I Might Be Wrong” uses digitized vocals, something that I sometimes feel can be overdone. However, Sky White Tiger combines them with regular singing and a couple of unexpected instruments to create a song that is unique and without compare. This track is a wonderful example of Sky White Tiger’s diversity and willingness to experiment with various musical aspects.
The final track, “4eva”, reminds me of Radiohead’s song “Just”?but with a fantastical twist. The harmonies are very much inspired by Radiohead, but the inclusion of a dominant electronic track lends that song a robustness that is all its own.

At the conclusion of the EP, I found myself longing for more and wishing that the EP was much longer than current the seven tracks. With music this diverse I will definitely be listening to the album at any time, whether I am studying or relaxing.

Samantha Stevens is an aspiring writer who loves combining her love for literature with photography, painting, music, and all creative pursuits.