Sky Canvas are an alt soul/hiphop Wellington 5-piece. They are a dynamic blend of stirring vocals with colourful synth/guitar textures and fiery, dancing rhythms. They bring this radiant and hard-grooving energy to their live shows - delivering a gripping experience that you'll find yourself moving to. Their sound features elements of off-centre soul, hip-hop, electronic, rock and eastern-flavoured jazz.
Sky Canvas' 5-track debut EP was recorded in Wellington's Surgery Studios and released in 2017, and reached #13 on the NZ Albums chart, and #8 on the Heatseekers chart.
The band formed and started writing together while studying at the NZ School of Music. They have since played many successful shows - developing on the way a tight live set, a strong Wellington fan base, and a drive to keep making compelling music. They've opened for many great touring acts in the indie/funk/pop fields (Strangely Arousing, Balu Brigada, Albion Place, Molly & The Chromatics etc).
Katelin Little’s vocals are soulfully charged; her lyrics, delivery, and presence on stage are absorbing. Fraser Walker (keys/synth) and Sam Nakamura (guitar) create a bright backdrop of texture and harmony, while Luther Hunt (Drums) and Tyaan Singh (Bass/Sax) hold down the underlying grooves. Tyaan is also accomplished on saxophone, and switches back-and-forth between instruments - which can really get the crowd bouncing.
Sky Canvas are currently working on recording a series of singles to release before the summer to follow up their EP. In celebration, they will be setting off on a tour of the country to have some release party fun.
NZ Musician: "Her [Little's] silky smooth lines in Carried Away begin: ‘Lost for words with you/ It’s all so new/ I try to verbalise/ sunlight streaming through/ this gentle room.’ Immediately it is reminiscent of Hiatus Kaiyote, Emily King and Robert Glasper"
"Their music certainly seems to encompass all these influences as well as the academic. It is sophisticated, yet still accessible and very fun." - https://nzmusician.co.nz/features/fresh-talent-sky-canvas/