I’ve been pretty stoked about this band lately, Sylvan Esso. Their new music video, “Coffee“is exactly the title’s definition. If this track were actually a cup of joe, I’d be up every morning, eagerly. Like caffeine, this video is one giant sip of raw energy. This track, and video that goes along with it, has done the job of fueling the rest of my day in quite the refreshing manner. With the graceful vocals of Amelia Meath – reminiscent of early Regina Spektor and Feist – mixed with rockin’ synths and eclectic beats produced by Nicholas Sanborn. This duo sure knows how to make a buzz….a coffee buzz, if ya know what I mean. ;)
Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your weekend is faring well. I am really excited for today’s post! I recently had the opportunity to interview a new, up and coming band by the name of Colours. Kyle Tamo, the lead vocalist of this group, has been a long-time friend of mine (going on almost 7 years now) and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a tad bit proud of all he has accomplished musically. They truly are nothing short of incredible. The Florida-based capture the sheer essence of emotion in every song they have written so far. The band carries alluring, smooth, yet powerful vocals and effortless, fluid guitar-tones with the occasional charming piano break – Colours is utterly compelling, a musical black hole – unique and subtle instrumentation that will engulf all your senses.
Please read on for the short interview we recently had.
Please list all of you band members and their roles in the band. Kyle Tamo – vocalist Morgan Alley – drums Matt Favero – bass
What are your hometowns? I (Kyle) am born and raised in Colchester, CT. While the other two members grew up together in Sarasota, FL
How did you get together? And how long has it been? Morgan and I once played together in the past, Morgan and Matt also played together. These connections with one another and an equal vision for music brought us together in 2013.
What’s the bands driving force? The groups driving force is to make Colours a brand separate from ourselves. We want to music to speak for itself and influence on a level further than casual listening. We’re lucky enough to be a part of something that we see so much potential in.
Who are your main band influences? The band in its short life has already shifted directions due to influence and contagious passion from artist like Crosses, Lana Del Rey, Lykke Li, The XX among many many others.
Who does what creatively in the band? And what sets you apart from any other band? We all have a strong hand creatively in the band, even separate from the music. Branding personal image, graphic design, photography and video is all done through the band collaboratively. We don’t claim to be innovators or pioneers that separates us from other bands. What sets us apart is our passion for doing what we do right, and well. The details matter in this, we look at it as art over just music.
How do you shut yourself off and focus to rehearse or record? Sticking to the idea and brand we have as a band is important. We have been strategic in our movement and in our presence and find it important we don’t forget that. We try not to sacrifice the value we see in Colours and often that means not settling for something seemingly “good”. I suppose it comes down to diligence and discipline.
How did your name “Colours” come about? And why the choice of spelling it the English way with the “u”? The name Colours sat well with us in the respect of our personalities and approach to music. We all have a strong pallet creatively and found ourselves bringing a lot of variable or color to the table. Adding the “u” was just another attempt at keeping a name so simple more memorable. Also…we like Canadians.
So for those readers who haven’t heard it yet, what can they expect from the EP and other new songs put out? The EP was our “stranger at the party”. We made the music together without knowing what was going to come out or how it was going to be received. While we are proud of the music that came of it, we held ourselves back creatively to get a feel for what we can do. Were now working on a full length that will represent us more accurately. We are now comfortable and ready to have a substantial presence. Expect hip hop and rhythm influenced music with controlled and flowing vocal melodies.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD? https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/skin-bones-ep/id674107426, this link will bring you to 6 songs that will give you an understanding of the abilities in Colours. Contact us with any inquiry at email@example.com
Anything else you wanna add? Thank you so much for the questions, and stay tuned for a full length that will be clear of creativity and passion.
Seinabo Sey has, for whatever reason (actually, all the possible positive reasons that attribute this single), made it impossible for me not to play this “Younger” track repeatedly. There is something quite special about this Swedish singer’s debut single that really moves you. It’s enlightening, and in essence, uplifting; the mixture of Seinabo’s powerful vocals, the catchy pop melody, and it’s epic symphonic, trance-infused sonics…create this one-of-a-kind legendary (in my opinion) single.
This is one of the prettier music videos I’ve watched in awhile. I love how the song and video congruently capture the essence of youth. The simplicity in just enjoying life. The sunlight, nature, friends, laughter and the little things. It’s perfect.
If you have any doubts about this song or video, check out the music video to it below. You will not be disappointed.
Travis Stewart’s Machinedrum project has taken the bass music world by storm, and now, he’s actively pursuing another rad project; Sepalcure. This duo – fellow bass traveller Praveen Sharma, aka Braille – is nothing short of amazing. Echoey, haunting vocals with deep, sentimental, synthy melodies. Check it out for yourself:
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be in a music video my friend Jared Hogan shot and helped direct for local Charlotte artist John Mark McMillan. Man, talk about talent. It is amazing to watch these guys do what they love, and do it so well. I had such a blast working with some of my friends, as well as my brother – he was the production assistant. Good times all around!
My scene in the video was shot at Morning Glory Farm, my brother’s fiancee Maggie‘s (did ya get that?) family farm and home. They have a couple of horses on the farm, and they were also quickly featured in the video! (Seriously, I love horses..so, it’s even more rad to me.)
I absolutely love the concept of the video, the imagery, the message, the dancing, the song, I just love it all. But don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself below and enjoy! :)
Directed by Miles Langley, the video features Danish vocalist of Indians, Søren Løkke Juul singing in a dark and ominous house – possibly haunted? That’s the vibe I got from watching the random wandering girl tiptoeing about with a flashlight. The track has a darker, melancholic tone about it, yet still lures you in with its ‘twinkly’ synth and classic new-wave sound, that I believe make the song.