Colorfeels landed on my radar with quite a luau sized blip a few months ago and I wasted no time in taking advantage of their name-your-price album offer. The album took a while to simmer to the top of my review pile but I know that has a large part to do with how stoked I was on “Pretty Walk” and how high the standards were. The band’s debut LP, SYZYGY, isn’t 12 times “Pretty Walk” and while that may soundÂ disappointing, it means the disc is a much more varied and textured adventure. Many of the tracks are mellower chill-pop, tapping into hazy afternoon energy more than hip-shaking evening vibes. But you know there is still some hip shaking to be done and my recommendation would be “Unplanned Holiday,” or other standout track “Geneology” which kinda makes me want to dance proper waltz-like with a lady and all. The track runs real grooves alongside some tender harmonies and the result is beautiful.Â Overall, SYZYGY doesn’t deliver as much pep as I know Colorfeels could stir up but the toned down side of them is also pleasant listening.
Now this is beautiful heartbreak. The sun is setting, refracting it’s rays off the calm evening waves, as one man sings along to the light of a fading tiki torch. The luau is writhing a few hundred feet down the beach but somehow you don’t even care. You’ve comeÂ acrossÂ this music and your feet suddenly melded with the sand as you stare transfixed, soaking it in, your breathing shallower with every note. As the song drifts away in it’s final minute you suck the last of your tropical drink through it’s neon straw and it suddenly tastes salty. You tell yourself it’s the sea air but your cheeks know better.
Colorfeels are from Nashville, Tennesse, but so far seem to radiate the vibes of a different place all together. Their debut album is called Syzygy and is out now for name-your-price at Bandcamp. I’m getting it right now.