I listen to a lot of sad music. Some would say I listen to too much sad music. While that may be true, I just enjoy it. The music theory that typically accompanies darker songs is oftentimes what I find myself seeking for reasons unknown. However, despite my deep reverence for melancholy tunes, I do love the occasional pop album. Good pop music contains a sort of solution that people can universally enjoy, despite all preexisting tastes and infatuations. Indeed, good pop music is difficult to come by, as a myriad of factors have to perfectly fall in line for the catchy jingles to turn into Top 10 hits, such as catchy melodies, the precise punchiness of the vocal delivery, the tactful guitar lines and the up-front mixing style.
While Five Mile Float’s debut album, a colour, may possess many of these attributes, I found that the slight inconsistencies within the music itself served as a distraction from being the proper pop album that it set out to be. However, with this being said, the “indie” aspect of the music allowed for more creative liberty as well as a stretching of boundaries, and I think a colour holds its own in that realm.
When I mention the “inconsistencies within the music,” I am referring to the smooth, jangly instrumentation paired with the more abrasive, ping-y vocal tone. The vocals throughout the album reminded me a lot of Wavves singer Nathan Williams in both tone and delivery. I feel that for the music to even itself out more to create a more consistent and cohesive nature, either the guitars need to be punchier and more aggressive or the vocals need to tune it down a notch. Neither of the two are poorly executed; I just feel that the two styles clash with each other a bit at times.
On the other side of the coin, I thought that the musical parts themselves (melodies, structures, songwriting) were very solid. Although I felt at times that a lot of the songs ran together, I definitely sensed a proper flow from song to song. My personal favorite from the album is “Loose Expectations” with its heavily melodic guitar lines, catchy vocal melody and harmonies. “A Summer of George” does a good job layering its sounds as well as maintaining strong energy from beginning to end. This song is interesting in that the vocals combined with the guitar at the beginning seem misplaced, however, toward the end, as the song builds, the two align very well, creating a more even texture.
Overall, I would say that a colour is a very solid release and certainly was fun to listen to. As the band continue their journey as songwriters and instrumentalists, I am sure they will fix the few bumps in the road that I have laid out. They possess the necessary skills to make enjoyable yet heartfelt music, so I am confident that I will be hearing more Five Mile Float in the future.
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