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Album Review: I Dream in Colour – These Folded Arms EP

By on Wednesday, 3rd August 2011 at 12:00 pm

I Dream in Colour are gifted with that special element of grace, the fact that they are extremely talented musicians just adds to the melting pot. Singer Richard Judge has a unique voice that you have to look around for a long time to find: he manages to be over the top without being, well over the top, he is understated and this plays to his advantage as it is the subtlety in their majesty that really makes their latest EP ‘These Folded Arms’ a feat of true brilliance.

First track ‘Wide Awake’ hits you like a wall of sound travelling at breakneck pace, and with a chorus that most other surf pop outfits around at the moment would be jealous of. We featured ‘Hold On to Your Heart’ as a Video of the Moment previously; go here to hear the song. Judge’s vocals are reminiscent of Jeff Buckley in the next track ‘Lessons’ and shows a real sense of balls and bravado in their song creation process. It soars with its blues infused riffs and is the stand out track on the EP by a country mile.

‘Ready to Go’ is a darker effort than the rest of this short offering from the Essex-based band, the musicianship is as tight as ever with Michael Thackeray’s lead guitar cutting through Judge’s vocals like a knife through butter. Clichés aside though, what I Dream in Colour have achieved with this effort is by far their most palatable attempt with everything produced to perfection. Led by Judge’s astounding vocal talent, it looks like there is a seriously bright future for this band. Below, watch a short film the band put together to accompany the EP.



I Dream in Colour’s new EP ‘These Folded Arms’ is available now from Monotwin Records.


Video of the Moment (and more!) #522: I Dream in Colour

By on Tuesday, 12th July 2011 at 6:00 pm

One of our favourite new bands, I Dream in Colour, is getting ready to release a new EP next week called ‘These Folded Arms’. And TGTF has been given quite a privilege: to post the second in a series of four videos that make up one special film. To watch the entire film for ‘These Folded Arms’, keep an eye on the band’s Facebook, as it will be unveiled there on Friday.

So in the second video, for ‘Hold On to Your Heart’, the main character is trying to find a missing woman who appears to be have had relationships with each member of I Dream in Colour. (Or so I think. Remember, just like you, I haven’t seen the two concluding pieces of this film.) Man. This film project is making me wish I was in a band so I could make music. And videos!

You can listen to all the tracks on the EP below and download ‘If You’ for free. Let us know what you think in the comments.



In the Post #69: I Dream in Colour – Finding the Courage

By on Tuesday, 8th March 2011 at 12:00 pm

We’ve been given an exclusive to post a brand new I Dream in Colour song, ‘Finding the Courage’. Rather than hear me prattle on how good this song makes me feel when I hear it, I will let frontman Richard Judge tell you more about it…

‘Finding The Courage’ was written in Serbia following one of the best nights of my life at Exit Festival, clouded only by the punch in the nose I got from a Serbian the size of a tank. If you’re reading this: fear not, I forgive you. But it was only a frisbee.

I don’t think we’ve ever played this anywhere other than last in the set. It’s always been the closer. For us, it feels like a secret weapon, like it wouldn’t belong anywhere else. Musically, it’s different to anything else we’ve ever done.

It always feels like a massive lift at the end of a show, for us and the audience. I guess it just has a real guts to it. It’s a proper rock ‘n’ roll tune written about hope, being young and never being afraid to dream. And it’s played with a lot of bollocks. I hope you enjoy it.

Have a listen to it below.


Interested in seeing the band live at Camden Barfly on 18 March and winning a special meet and greet with them? Enter our competition here.


WIN / Tix and Meet and Greet with I Dream in Colour at Camden Barfly

By on Thursday, 3rd March 2011 at 11:00 am

TGTF new band favourites I Dream in Colour have been hard at work writing and recording new material the last couple of weeks, but they’re stopping long enough to play their first headlining gig of 2011 at Camden Barfly on Friday the 18th of March. We have a pair of tickets to give away. And we also have something very special for the winner – the winner and his/her guest will get to have a special meet and greet with the band before the show.

Keen? To be entered for this competition for the pair of tickets, simply leave your name and email address (so we can contact you if you’ve won), and tell us why you’d like to win. And we’ll choose the best answer from among all the entries. The winner of this contest will be contacted soon by the band.


Album Review: The Veils – Troubles of the Brain EP

By on Monday, 24th January 2011 at 12:00 pm

Words by guest reviewer Richard Judge of I Dream in Colour

I make no secret of my love for the Veils. I first caught them back in 2007 when we shared a bill at XFM’s Outbreak Festival in London and I’ve been infatuated with them ever since. Finn Andrews has the kind of voice you feel could change lives: Hauntingly beautiful, emotionally terrifying. Back from the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Sun Gangs’ on Rough Trade Records last year and a string of sell-out shows in Europe and North America, the Veils have returned with a new seven-song EP. ‘Troubles Of The Brain’ was recorded over the summer at Andrews’ home studio in London, with the help of producer and one time Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

It opens with the driving of ‘Bloom,’ a song I first heard when Finn played a solo show at Brick Lane’s Cafe 1001 back in September. This is followed by the Bolan-esque ‘Don’t Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice’ and the wonderful ‘The Stars Came Out Once The Lights Went Out’, which has an element of Arcade Fire and demonstrates the Veils’ ability to craft the perfect pop song. The environment in which the EP was recorded gives it a real sense of intimacy. The production is small but interesting, and I love the closeness of the vocals in tracks like ‘Us Godless Teenagers’ and the glorious ‘Grey Lynn Park.’

‘Troubles Of The Brain’ showcases Finn Andrews’ maturing song writing talent and his dexterity to shape a lighter-hearted piece to the Veils’ ever expanding puzzle. But for me this band is all about the drama, and it’s the gritty mandolin led ‘The Wishbone’ and self produced closer ‘Iodine and Iron’ that highlight the Veils at their melancholic best. Hauntingly beautiful, emotionally terrifying stuff. Bravo.


The Veils’ ‘Troubles of the Brain’ EP is out today on Rough Trade. Richard Judge is a singer/songwriter and is lead singer/ guitarist of Hertsfordshire/Essex band I Dream in Colour.


MP3 of the Day #246: I Dream in Colour

By on Friday, 8th October 2010 at 10:00 am

On Monday I Dream in Colour offered this free track called ‘If You’. Unlike ‘I Get Along’ that we gave away in August, this isn’t country at all and is a more back to basics approach to a pop love song. Richard Judge’s voice is breathtaking and heartbreaking – all I can say is, damn, remind me again why America is in love with stupid stuff like the Fray? I Dream in Colour is the real deal.

Download ‘If You’ by signing up for the band’s mailing list HERE.

MP3: I Dream in Colour – I Get Along


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