Here Without You: The Songs of Gene Clark
You don’t have to know the music of Byrds songwriter Gene Clark to enjoy the latest from Toronto’s Skydiggers, the first since 2014’s Angels. Opening with a subtle take on the Byrds classic “Eight Miles High,” the record has that classic mountainside road trip vibe that the Skydiggers have been known for throughout the band’s nearly 30 year existence. “One In A Hundred” and “Feel A Whole Lot Better” consist of just guitar and vocals – really, all that is required – while “So You Say You Lost Your Baby” is menacingly fleshed out with stormy guitars, meandering piano, creeping bass and trash can (in a good way) percussion. Closer “She Don’t Care About Time” has a cooling organ with guitars that build underneath gorgeous harmonies. If the band proved anything on No. 1 Northern (a collection of CanRock covers), it’s that making classic songs their own is easy, and Andy Maize and co. continue that tradition here with Here Without You, an essential chapter in the band’s impressive catalogue.