“All Of Us” Dropped August 30th, 2019
On All of Us, Cascadian indie-folk family The Sky Colony have taken organic, graceful musicianship and captured the sound of wind through mountain valleys and warmth of a desert sunrise in melody. Imbued with a bittersweet longing, the record implores us to “listen to, care for, and look after each other” as songwriter / vocalist Kyle Findley-Meier says. “We put ourselves in vulnerable places with our music, to inspire ourselves and others to show compassion. There is nothing more important in the world now.”
Since their formation the band has used their vintage-tinged sound to promote personal empowerment, discovery, social awareness, and the healing power of psychotropic plants. “These special plants allow access to different parts of our existence” explains Findley-Meier, “and change the lens we are looking through. It’s internal travel.”
In 2012 Kyle Findley-Meier began writing what would become their first LP (In A Dream, 2015) in an old, leaky trailer, nestled among the northern California cannabis fields he was working. Findley-Meier shared these first sketches to a few friends back home, and soon enough he returned to the Skagit Valley. He then settled (?) into a small house in the Cascade foothills with guitarist / vocalist Ben Meyer. They were a half hour away from any town, got immersed in Skyrim, and adopted a rabbit named Chorizo Al Pastor.
Soon enough the duo took to the road, traveling across Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, northern California, and Oregon, steadily still being influenced by travels and sharing their message of compassion and hope. Their efforts have let them to perform at festivals such as Britt Festival and Summer Meltdown, and performances with artists such as Shook Twins, Darlingside, The California Honeydrops, Fruition, Flowmotion, Karl Blau, and Kuinka.
When the time came to record In A Dream, Findley-Meier and Meyer enlisted the assistance of Master’s College banjo player extraordinaire Molly Hazel and brilliant drummer dad Jeff Lacy. The record was lauded for its “mixture of the call of the Cascadian wilderness and the 60's psychedelia era” (Folkwords UK) and its “lack of special effects, just pure musicianship.” (No Depression).
Since then, the full-time lineup has evolved to include founders Kyle Findley-Meier (rhythm guitar, lead vocal) and Ben Meyer (lead guitar, vocal), along with Jeff Lacy (drums, vocal), and Marcus Nevitt (keys, lap steel, vocal). “We’ve had a lot of great crews in this band. This feels like the one, though.” says Findley-Meier. “We are good friends, kinda brothers with a mission.”
Recorded by Pacific Northwest studio master Michael Iris in the Cascade foothills’ Bell Creek Studio, All of Us is a true call out to the band’s influential roots. “It’s our response to both not releasing anything for a while, how much everything has changed since then,” Findley-Meier says. “All of us know how important this project is in our lives, seeing what art can do to inspire us to come together in these strange times of adversity. It’s our homage to the music that inspired us the most from the 60’s, when rapid social change led by art was as necessary as it is now.”