SKYCHA: Owe Someone

SkychaMelbourne based neo-soul electro-jazz ensemble SKYCHA is a genre-blending exploration of past, present and future.

Australian songstress and composer Chantal Mitvalsky leads the band’s biggest live show yet to launch Owe Someone – SKYCHA’s debut album – at the Shadow Electric at Abbotsford Convent on Thursday, 21st April with support from DxHeaven and The Do Yo Thangs.

The album – set for release on the same day – is a multi-layered compilation of lush, soulful vocal arrangements against a backdrop of dark vintage synths, glitchy grooves, jazz harmony and flickering electronics.

Chantal will be joined by some of Australia’s musical elite to launch the album, including Tokyo-based album producer and pianist Aaron Choulai (synths & electronics), Sam Keevers (piano), Kumar Shome (guitar), Ryan Monro (electric bass), Hugh Harvey (drums) and a three-piece choir.

Best known for her work with groups as diverse as Jackson Jackson, The Meltdown and Cannonball, Chantal has been making waves as a solo and backing vocalist for the past 12 years, particularly in the Jazz scene.

This latest project, SKYCHA, explores a rich mix of soul, contemporary R&B and hip hop with traditional jazz instrumentation and harmonies.

Owe Someone is a cornucopic mish-mash of influences that she has blended into seamlessly cohesive, beautifully soulful, meandering yet meaningful tracks.

The ten song opus is packed with energy and drive, its many twists and turns akin to a magical musical carpet ride, rich and laden with a luscious symphonic tapestry all the while harnessed by a potent and honey-drenched vocal.

Chantal is very excited to be launching the album on what will be a night to remember. Don’t miss SKYCHA’s debut album launch at Shadow Electric on Thursday, 21st April, with support from DxHeaven and The Do Yo Thangs.

Tickets are now available via the venue website for $12 + fees, or $15 at the door if available.

First published in Mint Magazine – April 2016

Author: Anne-Marie Tunks

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