In an age of precision, technology and rigid structure, lo-fi music still caters to a mass market, and the rough edges of less processed sounds appeals to musical audiences to a surprisingly high degree. Colour Rise blends this technique with modern, high quality sounds in Oh The Places You’ll Go, the band’s first EP that was released earlier this year.
With the opening track, aptly named “The Introduction,” Colour Rise sets the tone for the rest of the album and presents to the listener the situation and emotions preceding the whole of the album. Melodic yet minor, the song is an instrumental anthem that speaks volumes to the attitude and atmosphere of the band’s music.
The theme continues in “Parallel Lines and Perpendicular Sides” as Samuel Cromer provides strong, yet emotive vocals that occasionally waver slightly with overwhelming feeling. The song chorus breaks into a full-fledged blast of raging guitars, pounding drums and a choir of vocals singing in unison. The copious amounts of energy make a slight transition to a brighter aura in the next track, “Torn Pages.” Dynamically, the song is similar to the previous tracks, but this song is played in a major key, giving the album’s tone a complete and well-timed revamp.
“Bridges” is the unequivocally best track on the EP, as it fully portrays the youth and vigor of the band members, while using catchy riffs, stylistic beats and optimistic vocals to create a pleasant, harmonious song. The song repeats the chorus more than a few times, but this liberty can and should be taken with a chorus as catchy as the one Colour Rise concocted.
Melancholy and reflective in style, “The Passing” is an instrumental piano piece that leads directly into the final track of the album, “Her Orion Dreams.” This track differs from the rest of the vocal songs on the record in that it is formed around acoustic instrumentation, including guitars and piano. Cromer’s voice carries the weight of the song as he spills his doubts and fears in a wholly genuine manner, and the lyrics are truly thought provoking.
This final song caps an album that displays a miscellany of emotions, sounds and styles in a coherent, accessible way. The EP is a true testament to the collective talent of the band and their ability to write and perform original music in a way that provides enjoyment to listeners of many musical tastes.
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