words, music, melodies

Taking an auteur approach in handling nearly all instrumentation and singing, while utilizing the full capabilities of his home studio, Ballantyne built on his established hit-making credentials to craft a record that pays homage to some of rock’s greatest boundary pushers. “My favourite albums over the years are often those where the artist stretches out and allows their muse to take over,” he says. “For example, I prefer Tusk to Rumours, and The White Album to Sgt. Pepper. When artists follow their solitary path and trust their instincts, they can discover wonderful things.”

Indeed, fans of classic AOR will surely feel a familiar rush that comes with embarking on a new journey when they click play—or more appropriately drop the needle—on SKY. As the Pink Floyd-ian opening track “Beneath Your Skin” flows into the Mellotron-drenched “Practicing” (co-written with his Northwood Records label mate Ambre McLean), and the McCartney-esque focus track “Dominos,” it’s clear that Ballantyne has melded all of the elements at his fingertips into a clear, defined sound.