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Skylights- Tracks That Shaped My Sound

Babystep magazine



Yorkshire's anthemic rock 'n' rollers, SKYLIGHTS, unleash their electrifying new single 'TIME TO LET THINGS GO' on Friday, February 9th, 2024. With artwork by the renowned Paul Evans of Painted Papillon Smile, the limited 7" Vinyl and CD editions offer a tantalizing glimpse into SKYLIGHTS' musical universe, complete with exclusive live tracks and previous hits.


Described as both uplifting and poignant, 'TIME TO LET THINGS GO' embodies the distinctive SKYLIGHTS sound, capturing the essence of life's transformative moments. Guitarist Turnbull Smith explains, "It reflects on life as if every moment has been written in a book; good and bad experiences, pivotal decisions and hard choices where you have had to let things and people go, no matter how hard it was to do, to ultimately change your path in life for the better."



As SKYLIGHTS embark on another thrilling year, marked by a headline show at Magna, Sheffield alongside The Enemy and The Farm, and a highly anticipated hometown performance at York's largest indoor music venue, the stage is set for an unforgettable musical journey. With more big live shows and new tunes on the horizon, SKYLIGHTS continue to captivate audiences with their Britpop and post-punk-infused anthems, solidifying their reputation as indie heroes and 'the people's band.'


The Cult- She Sells Sanctuary



The first time I heard the opening riff to this track I new it would be a massive influence on my guitar playing. The effortless style and the effects on the guitar shaped the way I play.


Ash- A Life Less Ordinary



A track that I fell in love with, the opening riff is so good I still to this day have no idea how it is played, and the track itself is great.


The Stone Roses- Waterfall



The simplicity and beauty of John Squires guitar lick has undoubtedly influenced my playing. Pure genius. 


The Verse-Velvet Morning



The way this song sucks you in emotionally is something that happens rarely, so I’m always searching for a song to give people the same feeling I got when I first heard this song. Manic Street Preachers, Design for life. When the majority of songs you hear are some sort of love song, its refreshing to hear a track as powerful as this about getting drunk. A great track that I feel is underrated.  



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