Seven Lions’ Ophelia Records Releases Crystal Skies ‘Collide’ EP
Known for their melodic bass-driven tracks like “Never Change” and “Fluorescent Light” featuring KARRA, Crystal Skies is an American electronic duo who’ve developed a unique dubstep sound that resonates emotionally with listeners and found a home with Seven Lions’ Ophelia Records – both via releases and tours with the label head and collaborators. Louisiana-native Britian Holcomb and Aaron Dawson of Philadelphia first found magic together with their first collaboration, “Paradise Lost.” Known for its stunning piano introduction, soothing melodies, and impressive vocals by Abigail, it quickly became an immediate success within the Soundcloud community. Since then, they’ve amassed over 35 million combined plays across platforms.
On top of raw talent, the boys possess an unrelenting work ethic and desire to create new music, which culminated in the release of their 2019 Constellations EP on Ophelia Records. The highly-anticipated 5-track EP features Wooli-collaborator, Runn, New York-based vocalist Satellite Empire, who fans remember from Crystal Skies’ 2016 Serenity EP, and two tracks with San Diego-based songwriter Gallie Fisher. It’s filled with Crystal Skies’ signature emotional vocals, moving melodies, exquisite sound design, and unique style of melodic bass. The pair have also released major collaborations with Seven Lions and Au5, titled “Sojourn” and “Cataclysm,” respectively, along with wildly popular remixes for Slander’s “Love Is Gone,” Above & Beyond’s “There’s Only You,” Dabin’s “Part Time Lover,” and Illenium’s “All Together” which was featured in Forbes.
In a heartfelt statement in June about the killing of George Floyd and systemic racism, Crystal Skies announced that they would be donating 100% of their June royalties and doing a “Make A Track In A Day: A Charity Stream For Racial Injustice” on Twitch where they’d donate 100% of the stream donations, along with the royalties from the release to NAACPLDF and CUAPB — organizations supporting victims of police brutality and racial injustice and promoting police reform and accountability. They released the product of that stream, “Lullaby,” in July to favorable reviews.
Their new Collide EP builds on their impressive catalog with four new tracks to pair with the previously-released self-titled single. New entries include the project’s euphoric, piano-led opener, “This Moment” with Gallie Fisher who fans will remember from two appearances on their Constellations EP, and the irresistible, guitar-led, pop-leaning “Human” with She Is Jules. The project’s heaviest offering comes in the form of the fast-paced “Requiem,” which begins with an orchestral intro then builds to an explosion of Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Trance, and Hardstyle. Rounding out the project is “Crash & Burn” which is destined to be a favorite that fans sing along to once concerts and festivals make a return.