ColourFast - Walk

Melbourne band ColourFast are far from my style at the moment, but I will try to make this review as objective as possible. Their one element that is my style at the moment is the Bloc Party guitars and structure (they do cite Bloc Party as an influence) that is evident in opening tracks "Save The World" and "You Now". Kele Okereke's vocal style is replaced by a more conventional singing style provided by Sash Romensky and Marcel Zimmet, which may not captivate on first listen, but grows on you.


The Brit trend continues with Walk showing elements of Streophonics and slow Oasis, while "Say You Don't" is driven by slow, Coldplay style piano. Unfortunately, ColourFast are not fronted by Chris Martin, and therefore do not have the voice to hold my short attention span. It's not all this slow though. Tracks like "Downfall" and "Ten Fifteen" show a little more grunt, though "Downfall" could benefit from the lack of vocal restraint showed in "Ten Fifteen", which has provided Colourfast with some decent radio play and displays a bit of the attitude I crave in music at the moment.


There are also elements to like about "Headspace", in a good instrumental introduction, but the song never seems to reach any semblance of flow, other than the chorus. "Had To Wait" also has some good and bad; the music is lush and dreamy, but the vocals are a little repetitive. "Star" happens to be one of the more experimental tracks. It has a strong keyboard element in the introduction and seems to be quite "Kid A" influenced with muffled samples before strong guitar and drums kick in. Following this point, the song rocks out before another subdued interlude, and then rocks again until it tapers at the end. Kudos for not having a worn out style, but nothing about this song really sticks with you after it finishes.


In contrast to the three forgettable tracks just mentioned, "Take Your Time" is my highlight track (along with "Ten Fifteen"). The song begins with a Beach Boys style "bup buddup baa" and continues with some clever rhyming lyrics ("So listen here, polished veneer, it's not so clear why cracks appear." And "Cool lazy lust November trust December must switch you on…"), split up by a funky guitar breakdown. Overall, ColourFast's "Walk" is a decent debut LP, and shows definite elements to build on. Keep an ear out because some minor improvements could make for a good second album and a great live show.

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