You would be forgiven for thinking Texas outfit A Sky Jet Black hailed from Manchester. Their haunting synth-led post-punk gives a distinct nod to the new wave revivalism of ’70s and ’80s Manchester.
Their sound is wistful and imbued with emotion; driving drum machine beats and synth float over tight bass guitar riffs to create a swirl of dark and haunting atmospherics which emerge from the murky shadows. As previously mentioned, the post-punk and new wave bands of the late 70s and early 80s bares down heavily on their sound, New Order/Joy Division in particular. Most strikingly displayed by ’Be My’ and ‘Sunday’ which are adorned with Peter Hook style bass.
Taking influence from the past, adding a touch of modernity, they have paid tribute to a classic sound in the best way possible and bringing it right up to date.
Their new album Japanese Moon is out now and can be streamed in its entirety here.