Over the years, we have run into a ton of musicians and artists that started writing songs at an early age. Well, New York’s Skyler Cocco is another. Having taught herself to play multiple instruments at the age of 11, the young prodigy began writing and recording song in her late father’s basement studio as a preteen.
The up and coming singer/songwriter and model is resurrecting the grunge genre that just lost one of its greats; Chris Cornell. The forthcoming debut release, Reverie, is poignant and touches on her struggles and anxieties about her life. Musically, the nods to the behemoths of the 1990’s Seattle music scene, like Soundgarden, NIRVANA and even some later bands like The Deftones and Garbage, it is hard to deny that Skyler Cocco is announcing in that grunge is a deeply rooted influence.
With Skyler Cocco‘s soaring vocals and rock influence embedded throughout the record, the nostalgic feelings of those historic days in Seattle reemerge. It is still a lighter version with more pop sensibility that could, and should, reach a wider audience. Her track, “Pretty Thieves” has wonderful harmonies that are similar to a blend between The Deftones and Garbage, which is highlighted with woolly guitar riffs and strong, consistent percussion.
What is impressive about Skyler Cocco is her ability to translate her personal pain and suffering into a consistent, pleasing sound that is brilliantly dark without burying the fluid and catchy melodies. Reverie is that emotional outlet that channels the soul of what grunge is about.
There is so much to love about Skyler Cocco including her thoughtful, angst-y lyrics and her clean, precise vocals. For those of us who grew up listening to the Seattle greats, this is a fun and entertaining reminder of days long gone and the grunge superstars we have lost like Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain and Mother Love Bone‘s Andrew Wood.
Reverie by Skyler Cocco will be available on June 30, 2017. But you can pre-order the album on Diversion Records’s website: HERE.