Love songs - love them or hate them they will always be around. Breakups, true love and heartbreak are common topics, which come up time and time again for good reason. Romantic relationships are not only an important aspect of most people’s lives but usually the most emotional and that's why they show up in songs. In the case of Cody Altieri and his release Colors In Shapes he documents a romantic relationship from beginning to the present.
The songs have a distinct ‘50s rock/pop that is undeniable. He utilizes a clean guitar throughout although there is a hint of grit when he aggressively strums.
The EP opens with “Joanna,” which is fast, paced garage rock style song, which details how they met. He sings, “Blue hair house party / And you could see so far / Wonder why you're talking to me / Let's go find your car / Talk to anyone around / With all the floating sounds / Look me in the eye / I know that I could die.”
The next song “Stranded” has more of a straight ‘50s pop and is based on some of the insecurities one usually feels especially during the beginning of the relationship. Altieri increases the energy with “Colored Shapes.” It’s the song that explores the moment you really fancy someone. He closes with “Wash Away.” It comes to a logical conclusion as Altieri sings about getting older and some of his apprehensions. He sings, “The sand doesn't feel the same anymore / But you bring me back to reality / My love for you is as endless as can be.”
Colors In Shapes is a basic DIY effort that seems like it was made for his girlfriend then the masses. There is nothing wrong with that but if he hopes to gain a large audience the production, recording quality will have to improve and he will have to zero in on more of a unique sound.
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