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Silent Skies (Tom Englund & Vikram Shankar)
« on: September 27, 2019, 05:54:42 PM »
Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund has paired up with Redemption's keyboardist Vikram Shankar....

"If you voice Scandinavian melancholy and let it run through the virtuosic fingers of an Oberlin Conservatory film score graduate, you get Silent Skies. It is the sum of two individual musical journeys that came together by coincidence; some would even call it fate.

Tom S. Englund, vocalist of Swedish band Evergrey, and Vikram Shankar's ways crossed when Englund saw Shankar re-interpret one of his compositions on piano on YouTube. A swift email suggesting a collaboration gave birth to ideas of a musical landscape rooted in cinematic, film score music, driven by Shankar's tender and emotive piano playing, but with the added sound of Englund's unique and charismatic vocals and strong melodic sensibility.

The compositions are both bleak and hopeful, setting a sombre tone, and with lyrics that stem from self-reflection and existential contemplation, the atmospheric music of Silent Skies is engrossing and hypnotizing, evoking in the listener visions for the inner eye."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3QRzZfMQUw

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Re: Silent Skies (Tom Englund & Vikram Shankar)
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2019, 07:56:21 PM »
This sounds very promising. I love Tom's voice in this setting. Some of his best songs comes like this, in a piano setting. And Vikram is a great talent. His Lux Terminus material is stunning.

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Re: Silent Skies (Tom Englund & Vikram Shankar)
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2019, 09:39:50 AM »
Vik is great, but Tom sounds so meh.
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2019, 03:59:30 PM »
I really dig it, wasn't familiar with Lux.


Vik is great, but Tom sounds so meh.

On this specifically or do you not enjoy Tom in general?

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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2019, 06:50:21 PM »
I love it....have been a Tom fanboy since I discovered Evergrey 16 years ago, and Vikram is an incredible pianist.  Can't wait to hear more.

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Re: Silent Skies (Tom Englund & Vikram Shankar)
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2019, 06:53:09 PM »
Vik is great, but Tom sounds so meh.

On this specifically or do you not enjoy Tom in general?

I don't like him in general. He's not a good singer imo... also Evergrey is just so angsty. I kinda wish this was just an instrumental with Vik free to go wild, in a different manner than LT which is fantastic.
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2019, 03:38:21 PM »
Vik is great, but Tom sounds so meh.

On this specifically or do you not enjoy Tom in general?

I don't like him in general. He's not a good singer imo... also Evergrey is just so angsty. I kinda wish this was just an instrumental with Vik free to go wild, in a different manner than LT which is fantastic.

Ah, well then it makes sense. I personally really enjoy Tom but he has a very recognizable/distinct tone to him, that may not always resonate with people.

I have zero  experience with the other guy, but will check that out someday.

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Re: Silent Skies (Tom Englund & Vikram Shankar)
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2022, 10:11:14 AM »
I've had the new album, Nectar, on repeat for the past couple of weeks.  What an amazing album.  I love it.
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