The four-song EP Colored World has a very sentimental feel to it. Some of the album was first conceived of and recorded in a cabin in the remote Georgia mountains, as well as several other locations including Atlanta, but also as far reaching as Denver, Colorado. The impressive backing band, which Chaz A Chambers employs on Colored World is quite large and includes guitars, bass, synth and pedal steel to name just a few.
Colored World opens with an intro, entitled “Intro,” which builds beautifully and slowly with finger picked guitar and rhythmic drums. “Intro” goes on for about a minute, building to what is surely going to be something amazing, and then it bluntly stops. What begins then is a mild acoustic track with light hints of piano.
Chambers then mutters something and then the words “Colored Walls” and the song then takes off into an orchestral fury of electric guitar and bouncy piano, along with arias of “hey” sung by both Chambers and singers Cody Sisco and Victoria Evans. It is reminiscent of “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire, and much like that song “Colored Walls” seems trapped in a moment of time, a relic, long molted from memory. However if the vocal parts were removed, the song would work well as the instrumentals are very powerful.
Speaking of powerful instrumentals “Calming Pressures” is just that. It helps to showcase not only the separate talents of each musician in Chambers’ backing band, but it also showcases how well he is able to arrange large, wild, and free-flowing musical compositions. Moving from turns at alt-country to straight up rock, “Calming Pressures” is definitely a direction in which Chaz A Chambers should look to move toward
Colored World sounds as musically nomadic as its conception was. And though changes of place can be muses, sometimes too many places just make things sound pieced together and not part of a larger whole. With Colored World Chaz A Chambers seems to have many roads he can follow. As he proves here he can write powerful songs in several genres, his problem being which genre to stick with.
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