Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in December out of necessity and need your help.
Music

Colours: Ivory

Ivory, the debut release from the synth duo Colours, is a sonically sex-drenched affair.


Colours

Ivory

Label: Victory
US Release Date: 2016-02-26
Amazon
iTunes

First and foremost, Ivory, the debut release from the synth duo Colours, is a sonically sex-drenched affair. Electronic earworms slink through synthetic swells with Kyle Tamo’s seductive croon gyrating in a realm somewhere between Crosses and The Weeknd. Often starting with one of Morgan Alley’s wet midtempo beats or with a thickly flanged synth, each song builds its electropop pulses alongside Tamo’s breathy falsetto until it reaches an intense climax of layered harmonies.

“Monster”, the first single and video released off of Ivory, might serve as the best example of what Colours has to offer. The dark synth of each verse is punctuated by Tamo’s coy rasp and Alley’s slow and thick percussive strokes. The chorus layers synthetic textures and its most Weeknd-like falsetto hook. The bridge rises with a simple squealing guitar over a warblingly gothic synth before the song explodes back into the chorus.

While “Monster” epitomizes Colours’ sound, it also points to some of the band’s insufficiencies—particularly the repetitive standard pop song structures that sometimes make the band’s midtempo beats feel sluggish and tiresome. Because of this formulaic quality, sometimes the songs feel interchangeable. But, as on “Lawless” and “Slow”, not to mention “Monster” and “Mind Games”, the perfect hook can grab you out of any EDM doldrums, as Tamo’s R&B vocal formations indulge in the sexiness of Colours’ particular brand of electropop.

6

Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.


Music

Film


Books


Television




© 1999-2020 PopMatters Media, Inc. All rights reserved. PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.






Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.