House of Mysteries
Artist: Skyline Pigeons
Distributed By: Retro Face Music
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The California-based rock/pop band Skyline Pigeons features the stunning soprano alto blends of sisters Roxanne and Caroline Teti. Originally hailing from the northeast cities of Philadelphia and Toronto, they learned to play the flute, violin, guitar and classical piano. Then, in 2001, they headed out west and formed Skyline Pigeons. Rounding out the band are Andrew Harrison, Ben Potter, and Orly Gal. Their debut album, House of Mysteries, features music inspired by the Santa Barbara wildfires that ravaged their town and destroyed their home, taking with them all the sisters owned.
The music of House of Mysteries is an eclectic mystery in itself. The Skyline Pigeons seem determined not to be "pigeon-holed" into one particular genre. On this eleven track album, one can find rock, pop, country and psychedelic music, making this album an exciting showcase of the band's talents. The variety of instruments presented in each song and the professional sound aid in making each track an interesting surprise.
But it's the blending of Roxanne and Caroline's vocals combined with the storytelling lyrics that make the album special. Yes, the album was inspired by the loss they endured due to the wildfires and the rebirth experienced through rebuilding, but this album contains other emotion-based tracks that tackle the subjects of love lost, love found, philosophical discovery and more.
I've listened to House of Mysteries at least five times now and love singing along with the Skyline Pigeons as they sing about The Cycle of a doomed relationship, help lift the spirits of a depressed loved on with the anthem Get Up, lament the one-night stand styled emotionally-abusive relationship of a dude from Tennessee and more. I enjoyed the hauntingly interesting stylings of Lucid, which reminds me oh so much of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb in both sound and lyrics, sounding as if the singer is in a state of shock and wondering how they ended up in the position in which they have found themselves.
Often times, a band's debut album will feature one or two songs that just don't seem to fit or engage the listener. Not so with House of Mysteries - there is not a single song on the album that doesn't make the grade. I thoroughly enjoyed House of Mysteries and plan on listening to it again and again until Skyline Pigeons produces their next album.