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Monday, 4 November 2013

The Colours of Kings - Up

The Colours of Kings - Up
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Artist: The Colours of Kind
Singles - Up 
Genre: electronic indie rock synth pop

Listen to their EP Up:

Emerging from the heart of Louisville, USA, comes a fresh-faced and enthusiastic band with brimming potential. Taking on the persona of 'music's new Tom Sawyer', indie punk band The Colours of Kings are ruling the charts with their debut EP released this September, Up. 

For indie music lovers who take pride in finding the next upcoming success, this band should be on top of the priority list. Despite a small following, the band is producing a big sound, which may easily creep into mainstream attention. 

The Colours of Kings - Up

Producing an authentic feel throughout each track, Up encapsulates the band's love for Traveling, roaming, eating, drinking, reading, and reflects it through a genuine approach to their music. Having written the EP in amongst small pubs and alleyways within their hometown, and produced the tracks within in-house basement studios, one cannot help but fall for the rustic appeal that The Colours of Kings exuberates.

Influenced by bands such as The Talking Heads, MGMT, Radiohead, The Postal Service and Mates of State, The Colours of Kings derive their music from a vast array of different musical sub-genres. Within the band's four-track EP, the band dabbles with their stylistic approach from song-to-song, whilst still maintaining an integral unique approach throughout. This experimentation within debut releases is understandable, if not expected for upcoming bands that are beginning to find their feet within the industry. Genre blending, in this sense, is an opportunistic means for a band such as The Colours of Kings to diversify and expand their musical horizons in the early stages of development. 

Up's first track, "My Heart is a Drum Machine", begins with a celestial orchestral piece, that slowly emerges into an upbeat drum track, setting up the band's indie approach to their music. With each member of the trio a multi-instrumentalist (J. Bishop on guitar/keyboard/vocals, C. Steward on bass/keyboard/vocals and G. Chamberlain on drums/programming/vocals), the instrumentalist work by all three members is impressive to say the least. Despite the high workload, the band makes their songs seem effortless. Wistful vocals and a soft mixture of complementing instrumental pieces lend weight to a serene atmosphere surrounding their music. 

The following self-titled track, "The Colours of Kings", echoes this rhetoric. In this song, the use of the band's keyboards is more prominent, underpinning the entirety of the track. In songs such as this, the electronic and synth pop influences of the band are most prevalent. The chorus in particularly, is catchy for both indie lovers and newcomers alike. With a little more experience under their belt, tracks such as these should make their way into the mainstream spectrum in little to no time at all. 

"This Year's Hometown Hero" and "We're an Archipelago" are further examples of the band's mix of genre influences. From punk infused vocals and synthesised beats, to indie mixed with soft alt. rock, the band are already mastering the diversification needed to expand and grow for future releases. 

Overall, The Colours of Kings have serious potential for upcoming releases. For indie music lovers who love an 'underground' flair, The Colours of Kings are a best suited choice. 

For any additional information, head to the band's Facebook or Reverbnation pages, or to download a copy of Up, visit the official band website here. 

By Lily Pavlovic posted 5 November 2013, for STSBM


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