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Reviewed by Amanda Robinson

Sky Machine: Young Guns EP

Reviewed by Amanda Robinson

Sky Machine: Young Guns EP

Sky Machine is a project by Christchurch’s Brydon Hulse. His debut EP is sparkly and full of synths, a colourful fizz. The title track is a strong start with an upbeat electronic backing reminiscent of arcade games from the ’80s and ’90s. The effervescent alt-pop sound evokes Troye Sivan and Vampire Weekend, while the lyrics talk of an apprehension about growing older, remindful of Lorde. Quality production has helped shape the EP’s busy electronic sound. ’Young Guns’ feels like the soundtrack to your favourite coming-of-age film. If What We Came For is the energy-filled car ride on the way to the party with the windows down and friends laughing in the back seat, then following Ghosts is the walk home afterwards, tired, tipsy and content. While some of the beats feel a little disjointed it’s not like teenage years ever flow smoothly. Land Of Black Gold is the last of the EP’s five tracks and the perfect closing song. Everyone is dancing and the credits begin to roll.