What do you get when you mix a clash of cinematic folk, chilled trip beats and swaths of sensuous with late night atmospherics… you get Swindon sensations, Colour The Atlas. Emotionally rich, musically economical and wonderfully balanced this British four piece (Jess Hall :vocals, keyboards, Alex Stone: guitar, vocals, Andy Vincent: bass, Stef Pysanczyn :drums) have been garnering praise and publicity from the likes of ‘BBC Introducing’ with Fearne Cotton a keen supporter and fan of the group.
The band have stated they are influenced by the likes Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Iron & Wine, however they sound more English than these, with more of a UK than US folk influence. Combine this use of electronics we see many of the overt folk traces covered with in computer sheen. Their recent self-titled debut EP is an accomplished piece of work in its own right, and it’s Hall’s understated but distinctive and functional voice that immediately stands out and impresses. Furthermore, without the commercial polish that often eradicates records of their personality and place of concept (Hall writes and produces the tracks from her garage) we get a more gritty down to Earth record that really is all about capturing the essence of the music and allowing for Halls voice to not be over swamped by needless high end production tricks.
We hear with the leading track of the EP , Snow, the incorporation of a Trip Hop inspired beat, direct influence form their neighbouring town of Bristol. Another track on the EP named Satellites we receive a slower song with sampled hiss and strings providing effective musical background and soundscape for Hall’s soulful voice to sing over. Another highlight of a highly impressive musical debut.
Check out Colour The Atlas at the following venues:
Nov 27 King Tuts Wah Wah Hut Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nov 28 Oporto Leeds, United Kingdom
Nov 30 Trof, Fallowfiel, Manchester, United Kingdom