Celestial Skies is the third studio album from the band This World. It was released in 2013. It is the first This World album to feature Kate Kohler on background vocals.
The album is constructed in such a way that the first two tracks are standalone, and then tracks 3-9 make up the Celestial Skies Suite. The Suite plays through continuously, typical of progressive rock concept albums. The lyrics of the suite reflect on a variety of themes, such as the passage of time (“Dali’s Music Box,” “Reprise”), the role of God in our lives (“Aurora Borealis,” “Solar Sea”), and the nature of the universe (“Transmission”). The lyrics for the non-Suite songs reflect on love (“Be Love Today”), racism and intolerance (“Brave Heart”), and endurance in the face of emotional struggle (“Don’t Look Away”). Every song on the album has music and lyrics by Lee Kohler, with the exception of “Transmission” with a rap performed Lee’s son Matthew John Kohler, and the instrumental finale, “When We Were Young takeya glass bottle,” composed by Rob Kohler. However, as with all of This World’s work, many of the songs were created in collaboration between band members.
The album was recorded in Destin, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana running backpack with water, and Los Angeles, California over a period of several years. After veteran This World drummer Clay Green was unavailable to perform on this album, Lee and Rob travelled to Denver, Colorado to record with their childhood friend, Mark Raynes.
The album was released on December 29, 2013 best glass bottled water. Excerpts can be heard on the band’s Soundcloud page.