James of Arth & Arth fame hits that sweet spot again with his second solo single as For Fucks Sake, “English Skies.” It’s a trippy tune with a hypnotic video that takes you through the skies as its clouds grow darker and darker. Suffice to say, the whole thing feels ominous, like a severe thunderstorm is going to erupt any second.
Whereas FFS’s debut single “Bones” was in the witch house vein, this one is a bit more ambient, almost in the vein of Moby’s beloved Play album. However, James’ vocals here remind me of Tom Waits and Scott Walker. He has that rough around the edges quality going for him. I’m not always a fan of that, but it totally works for him and serves the song well. A splendid tune indeed.
An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.