“The Most Beautiful Skies” is an album about resilience: the calm after the storm, the way in which the sky feels brighter after an accomplishment. 

The album begins and ends with the two only sung themes on purpose. The first track focuses on taking ownership over your own destiny and the last one looks at how we might determine our collective human destiny by tackling climate change. The album explores the ups and downs of our lives, slowly expanding the scale from the personal to the global. 

We kick off with “In Vain”, a song about fighting the walls and limitations that we build in our minds, which is complemented by “Funkycine”, a track that describes the feeling of experiencing small victories and celebrating baby steps into success, after destroying those walls. However, life isn’t that straightforward and that’s when “Time-Knife” comes into play. Inspired by the TV series “The Good Place”, each person is like a time-knife, a trillion different realities folding onto each other like thin sheets of self-forming a single person. Not only do we, on an individual level, have different dimensions, but also everything that surrounds us. Like the wind, we live the same reality in a different way depending on our personal circumstances. What’s a victory for some will be a defeat for others, and that’s what the next track “Winding Winds” is about. 

“Metropole” is the song that shifts the album from an individual dimension to a universal one. “Metropole” reflects the pandemic, a time when the whole world had to be confined at home, feeling nostalgia for big busy chaotic cities, something that no longer belonged to our daily routine. In times like this, when we feel desperate and lost, we want to return to a safe place. For Plasticine, that’s Portugal. That’s why “Psy-clone” is a theme that has sounds based on traditional Portuguese music mixed with frenetic rhythms. Nevertheless, even though we like some of our traditions, the world evolves and becomes more and more of a global melting pot as we can feel when listening to the cheerful “Cubano-Haitiano”, a track about cultural awareness. This exposure to different cultures can inspire artists, strengthen ties between nations, and fight xenophobia. In the background of this global joy, however, lies climate change, the most pressing challenge we face as a human species. The album ends with “Icebergs de Freud”, a warning that, if we don’t win this battle, all the other victories and cheerful moments will also disappear.

This album captures the small moments of joy that keep us going as well as the communal struggle to keep our planet alive. Listen to the individual and collective efforts that keep the skies beautiful.