Skylark is Nic Fanciulli and Andy Chatterley. The pair have been working together for almost 10 years and their credentials are impressive. Earlier this year they were nominated for a Grammy (yes thatâ€™s right â€“ A GRAMMY!) under their Buick Project moniker, for their remix of Tiefschwarzâ€™s â€˜Damageâ€™ collaboration with Tracy Thorn and together have released over 20 remixes and original productions.
Their debut artist album â€˜I-Panikâ€™ is something Nic and Andy have been meaning to get round to for some time, however, the success of 2004â€™s â€˜Thatâ€™s More Like itâ€™ saw the electronic act inundated with remix requests from the likes of Kylie through to Deep Dish. And when Nic also jokes â€œwe are both very random so we never really know what we are gonna do until the day we decide.â€ You can kind of see why itâ€™s taken until now to get this release out.
Although, patience, they say is a virtue and playing the waiting game here has certainly paid off. The result is 14 tracks ranging from West Coast-esque house to intelligent, melodic proggy sound scapes – there is not one filler on the entire album. Its beauty lies in its versatility – It works in the club, car, after partyâ€¦Parts of it make you want to dance, part of it makes you want to listen. All of it is a brilliant show case of how insightful electronic music can be and should be in todayâ€™s world.
The way in which Skylark have decided to release this album is as forward thinking as the music. Put out on their own label Saved and available only digitally, in its entirety initially it follows the current trend for acts to shun the traditional release pattern and do things their own way a la Radiohead. In a second wave to follow next year the album will be released as a physical product complete with a second disc of remixes, coming from acts invited by Nic and Andy.