Skyboxer, the recent EP from folk-rock/psych project Coma Girls, aka singer-songwriter Chris Spino, is a genre-bending collection that seamlessly blends psych-rock, shoegaze, folk, and country into a cohesive and unique take on modern rock shot through with classic, pop sensibility.
New Noise are proud to premiere the video for the EP’s title track below:
“Skyboxer” grooves through jangly verses propelled by Spino’s wistful vocals before exploding into massive, washed-out, guitar-driven choruses.
Coma Girls formed in 2014 in Atlanta, and they’ve since come a long way and travelled through myriad sonic (and geographical) territories to get to where they are now.
After Spino sold his belongings and moved to L.A. with a backpack full of clothes and a guitar, he was committing himself to music wholly as if in marriage. “Music is always the best therapy for me,” he says, though that’s fairly clear in his songs—the urgency and the vitality are palpable.
Featuring an all-star cast of Spino’s friends, Skyboxer watches his ideas manifest through the talent of seven other musicians as well as his own: Spino himself on vocals, guitar, and piano; Travis Popichak on drums; Marvin Figueroa on bass; Dan Gee on keys; Adam Laidlaw on guitar; Michika Skyy on backing vocals; and Connor “Catfish” Gallaher, whose talents can be heard on records from The Black Lips, Tim Heidecker, Weyes Blood, and more on pedal steel.
Skyboxer was produced by Tomas Dolas (Oh Sees, SASAMI, Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel) and features contributions from a rotating cast of Spino’s peers including Dan Gee (Tropa Magica) and Connor “Catfish” Gallaher (Black Lips, Tim Heidecker, Weyes Blood).
With his orchestra of friends, Spino was not alone in his musical ruminations. “We were able to explore each song differently,” he says, “but give it a common thread as well.” This collective way of creating yields a diverse, powerful piece of art that anyone can listen to or relate to. “It’s supposed to take you places,” he says. “It’s more like a form of escapism.”
Skyboxer offers nearly 17 minutes of a safe hideaway from reality, where the listener can drift through a new, all-encompassing world.
Stream Coma Girls here.