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Skyline Advangave - A Safe Haven

A Safe Haven

Shoegazer/Post-Grunge Rock/Intraspective


“Skyline Advantage is one of those acts that you can slowly become obsessed with, listening to one song on repeat all day long".

The artist


Skyline Advantage is the song writing project of Kieran Ball. If you are on the Manx music scene then you know Kieran. He is everyone’s friend, always down for an open mic jam, an enigmatic live force and a gifted song writer. KB has been on the scene with acts such as Postcode, Phil Reynolds & the Dearly Departed and is part of a German-signed band Mark E Moon. He’s good, okay?

The song


‘A Safe Haven’ begins with a brief drum fill followed by a cacophony of crunchy guitars, phat drums and a solid bass line (there might be a mellotron/synth in there too). The chord progression is twisting & turning in such a beautiful fashion. Vocals are layered and full which creates a feeling of angst and drive that suits the song perfectly. I can’t quite put my finger on why but there is something quintessentially British sounding, akin to my all-time favourite band Porcupine Tree. Moving swiftly along you come to a part where almost all the instrumentation drops out leaving you with a line “have I tainted myself?” backed up by “eternal darkness, a safe haven to hide”. Such a morbidly beautiful sentiment. An acoustic piece then walks you to the door and simply fades away.

The verdict


‘A Safe Haven’ ticks all the boxes for me. It’s well thought out, cleverly written, the lyrics have deep meaning. Throw in an upbeat tempo and you have the perfect addition to your playlist. Skyline Advantage is one of those acts that you can slowly become obsessed with, listening to one song on repeat all day long. Make sure it’s this one and keep an eye out as Kieran is out every weekend.

If you like…


If you like Porcupine Tree & Steven Wilson, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen and a small pinch of REM then you will love this track.




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