My_Is Pink - colourmusic Album Review
'My_ is Pink'! It's not every day a writer gets to start a review with such a statement, but thanks to 4 piece Colourmusic's bizarrely titled debut album - what they are referring to is still unclear - it has been made possible. They are a rather curious group. And yes; the music is certainly colourful, but this isn't your average rainbow, more arts n crafts day on the mental ward.
Here we have more than 12 tracks showcasing Colourmusic's assiduous song writing ability. From the warped sound of 'Beard' (sadly not a rare Blur cover) all the way down to 'Yes!' They manage to squeeze in more ideas than Nickleback could manage in three lifetimes. At their best they are Clinic covering The Flaming Lips; throbbing rhythms, fuzzy guitars and confused melodies. With the vocal of Ryan Hendrix, they are able to change style of vocals at will. It is hard to believe that there is only one vocalist, which is most effective when engaged in 'We Shall Wish' where Hendrix moves with ease from a whisper to a howl.
Elsewhere, they aren't afraid to meddle with noise, most persuasively on tracks 'The Little Death( In Five Parts)' and 'Pororoca', which show off Colourmusic at their experimental best, with a more than warped vocal form. They are best when they're focused on the groove; a solid bass line and a simple keyboard motif shine through on latest single 'Tog' and 'You For Leaving Me'. Unfortunately the album is let down by far too many ideas being allowed past the quality control, and surely no album really needs to have a whole track dedicated to the actual sound of the water from 'Whitby Harbour'!
The complexity of 'My_is Pink' becomes the band's true nemesis. It takes far too long to fall in love with it. Like the mutated son that only a mother can love, underneath there is some brilliance but in the ODD world that we live in, will anyone have the time to discover it.