Proper stereo equipment is generally a good thing, however not necessarily
a requirement. That is, unless you are listening to music so vast
and intricate that it can only really be heard on speakers and/or
headphones of the proper grade. When I received Color Radio's
album Architects I knew this was a sound that required adequate
With professional grade headphones plugged in, I began the psychedelic
trip that is Color Radio. Their debut EP Be Safe, Beware was
released about 2 years ago and during its reign it gained the group
some recognition on the local scene. However for their debut LP they
chose to take the music to a national appeal by releasing Architects.
The first song "Form Follows Function" is 2 minutes of soundscapes.
Synthesizers and electronic chords pulse through your ears, while
intensity grows to an eventual percussive release. No single word
is ever sung, but the complexity of the song wouldn't have really
allowed for one in the first place.
High guitar tones carry you from one song to the next, as eventually
you are met with "Vespers". There are some light and airy
pop guitar riffs that keep the energy racing for a moment or two,
but it isn't until the elements are stripped down that vocals are
finally heard. To the backdrop of a keyboard and light percussion,
these vocals come off slightly unpolished, but very honest. The ending
has a hint of Civil Twilight-ness to it and is full of drama.
For a change of pace, Color Radio throws in "Towers". Its
melodic keys and upbeat groove make it on a completely different planet
than the rest of the album. Sure the toe taps and the body moves to
the bass notes, but in the end it has a little bit of trouble fitting
with the overall tone of the album. Finishing off the experience is
"Future Product", a song that takes the listener back to
those soundscapes heard in the first song. This time however they
are a little more raw and a little more powerful. If the first song
took you to the far reaches of space, then the last song brings you
back to earth. There's a rock beat in the drums, that when mixed with
a set of Peter Frampton electric guitar notes and those same
melodic keys, creates an almost music movement.
Overall, this album is fairly epic. And the fact that it's a debut
makes the future of Color Radio more than promising.
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