Slow Skies released their second EP Close in May and have been playing sparingly around the country since, including shows at Other Voices in Dingle at the start of December. Here, Karen Sheridan talks about how the past 12 months have been for the three piece and what 2014 might hold in store.
How has 2013 been for Slow Skies? What have been the highlights of the year?
2013 has been good to us. We have played more gigs than ever before and released our second EP! Highlight of the year was probably playing our headline show in the Unitarian church. that was very special for us.
Best gig you’ve played? And best festival you played/attended?
Well I really liked Knockanstockan. Great vibe and nice and small. Favourite gig was probably the Unitarian Church gig [on November 8] even though we were really nervous. That place is magical.
What have been your favourite songs of the year?
I love ‘Cavalier by James Vincent Mcmorrow, but then who doesn’t. I also love Woman’s Hour ‘To the End’, Olafur Arnalds ‘Old Skin’ and FKA Twigs ‘Water Me’.
Which new bands, Irish or abroad, that you’ve been impressed by this year.
I recently started listening to Haim, really like them. Really like Lorde and Chvrches – the production on those albums is so good! I also just started listening to Broken Twin. Love the atmosphere in their songs and her voice is beautiful. In terms of Irish artists, I love Conor Walsh and can’t wait to see him play live. His songs are beautiful.
What things have you enjoyed other than music? (tv, movies, books etc?)
I’ve just started watching Breaking Bad (bit late!) I am really enjoying that. I also read the book Skippy Dies by Paul Murray. It changed my life. I honestly think about that book all the time! So good. I just finished reading Alice Munro’s Dear Life short stories which are lovely. Some of my friends were in a show in the Project Arts Centre called Assasins. It was soooo good! I was crying with laughter for a good part of it.
Do you guys have many plans in the works for 2014?
Our main plan for 2014 is to release more music.. we are working on songs at the moment. Hopefully they will be finished soon