Color Crush is a husband and wife team featuring David Napier (vocals/guitars/synths/drumming/programming/lyrics) and Courtney Napier (vocals/bass/lyrics). The duo is based in Louisville, KY and started Color Crush in August of 2020. Before the formation of Color Crush, David and Courtney also contributed and are currently contributing to the experimental metal band TIMŌRĀTUS. Infinite Connection is their debut EP that shows the band’s ingenuity in creating bedroom pop and shoegaze instances. The band tastefully mixes in layers of vocal harmonies with lots of dreamy synths and shimmering guitars for a mixed indie and dreampop sound.
Infinite Connections brings forth a hazy sound that slowly grows in volume on “Lean.” Next, the groove that enters is very dream-like and hazy. The haunting and ghostly notes are layered in, creating swaths of dynamic sound. Leaning heavily on reverb, this becomes a part of the ambiance. The distortion was used like another instrument on this recording, giving the fuzziness a voice of its own. With a heavier vibe, the band starts off with a wall of guitars with a metal-induced sound on “Movie Night.” Once David’s vocals come in, you will start to appreciate the harmonies. The guitars and drumming beats are one entire movement, rolling together in one wave of sound. Beats from the drum machine come in on “Drive.” Along with the haze of instrumentals, Courtney’s vocals become a part of the ambiance. As the fine line between vocals and instrumentals is blurred, the sound comes across very atmospheric and airy. The heavy buzz of synths makes the noise level rise, creating a whirlwind of snow and distortion.
“Snowstorm” changes things up for a more electronica feel. Some synths and beats start off this track as slowly some guitars gain traction. The music gradually grows in volume, nearly overwhelming the listener. This song felt heavy with mood and feeling. As the ambiance builds in groove, once the vocals enter, you can feel the dreamy elements and vibes really come together for a surreal and inviting soundscape. On “Wishing,” some beats and a wave of guitars jumpstarts this track to a heavy buzz. The sound is inescapable. Next, David and Courtney’s combined vocal harmonies create an alluring vibe. The heavy guitar riffs also produce a hard rock and metal feeling. I liked how the band was able to fuse different genres and elements into their sound here. At moments, they reminded me of Beach House. Some beats roll forth along with a synth pop sound on “Breathe.” The vocal harmonies were very ear-pleasing. At moments this had an ‘80s-inspired feel that I felt was very retro-styled. The glitch-y electronic background riffs gave this song a robotic flair, making it stand out on its own. I greatly enjoyed the breathy vocals on what was a memorable closer.
From my experience, it’s hard to tell the instrumentals apart here as everything, including the vocals, becomes tightly knit into the sounds. This eventually becomes an entire package. A surreal soundscape so intricately layered it feels like a jumble of dreams that you are constantly falling into as you navigate your nocturnal fantasies. As you fall deeper into this soundscape or dreamscape, and as you deeply immerse yourself in this growing rabbit hole, reality and the dream world merge. The sound will grow on you the more you listen on. Infinite Connection is not only a love letter to each other, it is also about their love for music. Worth exploring from start to finish, this was a great start from the band. And I look forward to seeing what’s next for them in a follow-up release.
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