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Music | Review: “Many Colours” by COLDER


French electronic artist COLDER, has returned after a deliberate break from making music. His first new material in 10 years, COLDER has already been heralded by Resident Advisor, XLR8R, Thump, and Vice.

Opening track ‘Many Colours’ is  synth glitch paradise with vocals that would resemble David Byrne. Rich textures throughout.  ‘Another Year’ steps into the Grimes style of electronica, slow, cruising beats, and melancholic keys trickle in and out.

Third track, ‘Turn Your Back’, is a pulsating and more upbeat composition.  Think The Soft Moon meets John Grant if you will.  Already this far into the album, we see there are many colours to COLDER’s latest.

‘Midnight Fever’ which features the vocals of Owlle is a slow burning track that possesses the vocal characteristics of Wolf Colony, another sign of Grant-esque bass synth.  Other tracks like ‘Keep For Yourself’ offer a Jamie XX and John Talabot influence. You would be hard pressed not to find one track you did not like on this album, as it encompasses some fantastic synth and beat textures

Colder’s music is dark and slow burning. It is intimate yet disorienting. Sounding like Joy Division or LCD Soundsystem.

(Photos and artwork) Ramona Deckers / Patrice Baümel