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Yellow EP 2006

Rating: 8.5/10 ?

January 15, 2007
Colourmusic have all the makings to be the next blogger darlings-a catchy tune ("Circles"), a couple of small independently released short-playing EPs, a band that sounds like a mix between Broken Social Scene and The Pixies, a lead singer with a high-toned wispy voice, and an aura of anonymity.

Look further and there are more tack-ons to the pro-positive column. Through seven songs on their second (yellow) EP-their first (red) EP was also self-released but 2005-the band is catchy and more importantly, consistent. The music is indie rock to the core; conventional 4/4 drum patterns, acoustic guitar strummed or plucked in between that standard beat style, patternized vocals and song forms, white bread.

But during all that normalcy, Colourmusic manages to differentiate themselves with crafty melodies and overall solid songs. One of the most attractive forces is the way the trio segues between formative song ideas. Often these transitions are made through layering and gradual dynamic shifts, but always it sounds natural. Even during "Circles" when the song moves from 3-part vocal harmonies and pounding snare on every beat into a softly acoustic strummed guitar and bossanova drum beat, the feel is seamless.

The instrumentation complements the attractiveness of the song ideas. Even though the style is clearly indie rock, the formation never becomes as predictable. Songs utilize tambourine, shakers, guest horn and cello players, and exceptional vocal flavor to round out the guitar, bass, drums routine.

The only aspect that comes up somewhat suspect (in a cheesy sort of way) are the lyrics which enlist lines like "She thinks she loves me, I think I love her, we think we love each other" ("Winter Song"), "Pop, snap, crackle" ("Spring Song"), or the ba ba baa's that come out every now and again.

If I had to put money on Colourmusic after hearing their second (yellow) EP, I would say they'd look good right next to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Tapes 'N Tapes in your blog-support record collection.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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