Secret Colours: Positive Distractions
PopMatters Associate Music Editor
On Positive Distractions, Chicago’s Secret Colours present a mix of swirling psychedelic pop, Merseybeat melodies, and T-Rex swagger. Yes, this line of business was manned by the Dandy Warhols around the turn of the millennium, and by Love and Rockets a decade before them. In other words, there’s nothing new here. But that doesn’t mean the likes of the dreamy “Take It Slow” and the singsong, chug-a-lugging title track don’t come with their own simple pleasures. All in all, not a bad one to unroll your picnic blanket to.
John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters
since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary
in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Press
online, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express
, and the late Milk
magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.