Album Review: The Gorgeous Colours – The Creatures Down Below EP

By on Wednesday, 20th October 2010 at 12:00 pm

Of all the countless bands I’ve listen to over the years, Dublin five-piece The Gorgeous Colours are one of my most beloved, and bizarrely, one of the least well-known. In fact, they amazingly have yet to be signed. But even without a label’s support, their newest EP, ‘The Creatures Down Below,’ released just last week and funded by pledges from fans, is a perfect example of why they SHOULD be signed.

The four-song EP starts off with the title track ‘The Creatures Down Below’ (watch the video below). It begins with the sound of typewriter key-strokes and dings, which slowly form themselves into the beat that runs through the song. Its upbeat, catchy sound, complete with tinkling keys and falsetto “ba-da-das,” belies the decidedly un-upbeat subject matter, including the lyrics: “‘cos I’d rather cross my heart and stick a needle in my eye / than to let you down again and be the one to make you cry.” Second track ‘Animal’ is more subdued, and around the refrain “I see an animal in you,” features harmonies that would make Fleet Foxes proud. The sleigh bells at the end of the song should seem completely random and out of place, but they work surprisingly well, all the while bringing a smile to my face as they make me think of Christmas.

With ‘No Man’s Land’ and its driving beat, they pick the pace back up again. It’s a curious mix of the exaggerated and the subdued, of both “hard” and “soft” sounds, flowing seamlessly between powerful vocals and guitars over almost military-sounding drums, heavily-orchestrated choruses and more ethereal sections. And somehow, together, it all works! Closing out the album is the mysterious ‘Cloakroom,’ with its echoing vocals and its guitar riff that is incredibly simple, but makes the song sound pretty badass. In just over 16 minutes, the Gorgeous Colours have created music just as gorgeous as their name would suggest. We can only hope that soon they’ll be able to share their music with a larger audience!


Visit the band’s official Web site to order ‘The Creatures Down Below’ and their previously-released debut album.

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One Response

3:42 pm
5th February 2011

I heard “The Creatures Down Below” on the radio late one night without knowing who or what is was and managed to record it on my phone. After typing the lyrics
“I’d rather cross my heart and stick a needle in my eye than to let you down again and be the one who makes you cry”
I stumbled upon this review. So excited to hear that their EP is as promising as the title track would lead you to believe. I will definately be looking out for the EP and their live gigs in the future.

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