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Born out of Los Angeles-based synthpop trio Color Cycle, Skeleton Beach is Justin Hamilton’s solo effort and production alias. An amalgamation of analog synths, washed vocals, and plucked guitars, Skeleton Beach smears the line between 80′s melancholy and shoegazey nostalgia.
Skeleton Beach – Half Life
Though it sounds, at first listen, to have been born from the shoegaze bands of the early 90s, there is something that sets it apart. What that “something” is I’m not really sure. Could it be optimism? Romance? A groove you can actually dance to? Perhaps. Whatever the case may be, Hamilton has certainly put forth a valiant effort with this EP, releasing six artistically produced songs that are turns in melancholy and full of life. If shoegaze was “The Scene that Celebrates Itself,” then Skeleton’s Beach’s Half Life is the album that celebrates good music… What’s inside him, judging from the songs on Half Life, is a natural ability to orchestrate good, nostalgic music. Let’s hope he can continue this trend well into the future… 8.5/10″ -Violent Success