Colorado-native Trevor Christensen has been playing piano, among other instruments, since the age of eight. Now he’s coming forward with a fresh perspective on music with his Said The Sky moniker. His music is, what he hopes it to be, a truly uplifting experience: A captivating indie-electronic blend of moving bass lines, soaring melodies, and organic instrumentation.
The truth is, I’ve know this guy since he was first making his fore way into production three years ago in Denver. He was starting his career alongside his best mate Illenium, and while Nick Miller was better positioned to be catapulted into mainstream “EDM” stardom, Christiansen shared his pathway to success. These two are the epitome of supportive male friendship. Since then, Said The Sky has not only played Coachella as an essential component to Illenium’s live band (along with Dabin and others), but he has truly found his own sound apart from Miller’s “melodic bass” stamp.
At long last, Said The Sky now uncovers his debut album, Wide-Eyed, which marks the defining work of Christian’s indie-influenced sound. With vocal accompaniments from Matthew Koma, Electra Mustaine, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, and rising talents like Claire Ridgley, Linn, Kyle Reynolds and NÉONHÈART, Wide-Eyed truly makes the most of every moment. It transports you back into the present, which is particularly beautiful in a world where we are constantly obsessing over the future.
Reflecting on the journey to his debut LP, Said The Sky explains:
“This LP turned out as the story of falling in and out of love. The first half of the album kind of portrays the feelings you have when you first meet somebody and are falling madly in love, while the second half represents the feelings you can go through after everything falls apart. This wasn’t a conscious decision from the beginning. I decided to create the whole album when I realized I was sitting on quite a few tunes that could live in the same world and could be part of the same story.”
This project is the product of a particular vein of electronic music that personally lured me into EDM, and I think Christiansen shares that same passionate entryway. The album is the stuff of The Postal Service, Deathcab for Cutie, and Owl City. It’s a collection of compositions that are atmospheric, overtly and unabashedly emotional, soothing, euphoric, transcendent, and wildly nostalgic. It’s simultaneously heartbreaking and healing. At the end of the day, it does what music should do. That is, transform the listener to another time and place.