Last Gang Records
Hailing from Victoria, B.C, the electronic band Astrocolor have begun to make some very interesting and unique music, in contrast to their previously released and critically acclaimed Christmas album. This self-titled EP is a precursor to their debut album, which is expected in 2017. Their new music shows that their upcoming full-length album will be a welcome addition to any electronic music fan’s library.
The only problem with this release is the length. It is a short EP (only three songs), and it leaves us wanting more.
The music is instrumental, demanding one’s attention, and is very cool. By mixing in melody, sounds, electronica, and spoken word (specifically “Una Massive Sunshine”), this band creates an incredible listening experience.
A lot of instrumental music serves as background, or soundtrack purposes; but this music is meant to be listened to, chilled out to, and/or moved by. For me, it is like listening to Eno’s foray into ‘dance’ music in the early ‘90s. Those CDs may have failed as ‘dance”, but they worked as albums. It is the same with Astrocolor: a great listening experience. Furthermore, the music conjures a feeling of nostalgia (think 90’s electronica) while still being ahead of the curve. Throw in some acid jazz (“Smell of Acid -Righteous Rainbows of Togetherness Remix”), and you get a general picture. Astrocolor have their own sound and their own music. They may wear their influences on their sleeves, but it is their own.
Now, about the name; come on guys, you are Canadian. Put the ‘u’ in “colour” and it will set you apart from all other bands who are trying to catch up with you.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: ASTROCOLOR – ASTROCOLOR EP