Look to the Sky was released on September 18, 2012 in the US and September 24, 2012 in the UK, with "To Who Knows Where" acting as the lead single supporting the album release. Due to the albums prior Japanese release date in March, it is noted that the track listing has been amended to accommodate an international UK/US release. The following November, "Speed of Love" was released as a single digitally and later on 7" vinyl.
AllMusic critic Matt Collar gave a positive review, writing: "If Let It Come Down was Iha's sun-dappled West Coast folk-rock break from the creative turmoil and personal squabbles of the Pumpkins, then Look to the Sky is his more austere, if no less captivating, look back from the sun and toward the dark moon of his alt-rock '90s past."Chicago Sun-Times' Thomas Conner thought that "Iha shows up with this well-written, beautifully played set as a gentle reminder of his talent."Mojo critic Fred Dellar thought that on the album, Iha "shaped some additional, more diverse sounds" while retaining the melodic approach of his debut. Enio Chiola of PopMatters described the album as a "beautiful and calming record."Seattle Post-Intelligencer reviewer Charlie Doherty stated that "this new effort sees the ex-Pumpkin guitarist branch out and take in a myriad of other influences."