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COLORBLIND – ‘Leaving’ Album Review

COLORBLIND – Leaving

ColorblindFrom Oklahoma, Colorblind are a four-piece, self-described shoegaze band and their album, Leaving was released this summer. From the opening guitar notes of Don’t Leave it is clear that we are for something special. The reverb drenched notes are met with walls of chords and emotional vocals producing a swaying across the office that I have not witnessed for a while! The track burrows its way into the core of your soul like great shoegaze can…powerful stuff!

On Caroline, the band rock things up and betray their self-described shoegaze roots with a punk tinged rocker. By the time the first guitar chords of What’s Real hit, I’m reminded of Husker Du…maybe a little slower but similar layers of sound and laid back vocals. Colorblind can certainly produce a compelling noise as they display on Pretty Lies with changes in pace and My Bloody Valentine ambiance. The half-way point of the 10-track album is reached with the faster and punchier Out Of My Mind and the second half is introduced with the ballad paced Streetlights.

The band continue to mine the aforementioned Husker Du seam with Push Me Away but change things with Wanted To Believe where they deliver a shoegaze masterpiece reminiscent of Ride at their height! The penultimate song, Things We Could Do manages to sound completely different with a clearer vocal and some goth sounding guitar work.

The album finishes up with Lost Cause as one of those faster, more punchy numbers with a slight Jesus & Mary Chain feel on the guitars. This is a good album from a bunch of good writers and players – well delivered, well recorded and well worth your time.

Check out Leaving by Colorblind here: https://suckitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/leaving

 

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