NEW ARTIST FINDS: CIDER SKY
Simon Wilcox and Shridhar Solanki met randomly in London and luckily again in Los Angeles, because that’s when their project, Cider Sky was born. Although they might sound familiar if you heard the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn soundtrack (it’s okay…I think we all can admit that those soundtracks were surprisingly good), they’re finally gaining some well-deserved buzz with their blend of indie and electropop. According to their Facebook profile, their “musical mission” is “to put forth a little more beauty and light into the world,” and I think that’s exactly what they’re doing. For fans of indie-pop bands like Grouplove or Of Monsters and Men but crave something new, Cider Sky is just the band for you.
CIDER SKY - FLAMES
“Flames” is an adorable indie pop song with a slight Death Cab For Cutie feel. It’s packed with electronic elements like synths and a beat made up of clicks and claps, as well as subtle electric guitar here and there. By the time the chorus hits at the 0:48 mark, its clear that it’s just a matter of time before their music hits mainstream radio.
CIDER SKY - WE ARE IN LOVE
A little more on the electropop side, “We Are In Love” is probably my favorite track of theirs as it features dreamy synths, sparkling electric guitar, and a subtle electronic beat. The lyrics are somewhat cheesy, with lines like “it doesn’t matter if the world don’t know our names/ It doesn’t matter if they talk about us/ It doesn’t matter cuz we are-we are in love,” but they make for a solid, cute love song that we can all sing along to.
PLANET OF SOUND FEAT. CIDER SKY - TOGETHER
The duo provided their trademark melodies and uplifting lyrics on Planet of Sound’s track, “Together.” This track is purely magical right from the beginning, with Simon and Shridhar’s echoey soft vocals, electric guitar, and lots of of hi-hat action. Things really start to take off around the 2:20 mark when bubbly, 8-bit video game-sounding synths come in as the vocals become layered and hazy. I certainly hope they team up with Planet of Sound again in the future because this track is really something special.
About Erin Crider
Erin Crider eats, breathes, and sleeps pop culture. If you have a question about a one-hit wonder from the ‘90s or need help remembering lines from a SNL skit, she’s your girl. When she isn’t lurking the internet, she's either going to a show or hanging out at Disneyland. Erin lives in Southern California and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Cal State Long Beach.