It’s been a big year for Perth act Crooked Colours, who have spent the past 18 months off the grid creating their debut LP that will delight not only the Australian music scene, but fans of electronica from around the globe.
VERA is a testament to the band’s world-wide acclaim, not only meeting expectations with an undeniably eclectic energy, but with distinctly Australian components to the album, like soaring bass drops that are equally anticipative as they are addictive.
Lead single Flow sets the tone for the album, with fleeting guitar riffs and clean vocals which can be paralleled strongly to the indie-rock stylings of English band Foals. It’s a cool and calming vibe, like diving into a pool on a hot summer day. Like all the songs on the album, it has a perfectly timed progression and the layering of instruments allows Flow to transcend beyond typical high-rotation electronica.
With a dynamic range between neighbouring tracks, the trio can be commended for making it incredibly difficult to pinpoint a highlight song or moment on the album. That being said, I Hope You Get It, featuring hip hop king Ivan Ooze, has one of the biggest sounds from the album. Bringing together signature electronic and indie elements, it grounds the album and oozes strong Aussie-flavoured production.
All Eyes is another track expected to be an album favourite, having a unique point of difference from other songs. It opens up in an unexpected way and, being incredibly catchy, emanates an effortless chilled and jungle-like sound. Tracks like this, as well as Shine On, Show Me and Plymouth, play with a bass-heavy house sound you can really sink your teeth into.
The album as a whole is incredibly powerful, and balances just the right amount of highs and lows, meeting high expectations. Outro Perfect Run leaves you wanting more from Crooked Colours, not because the album wasn’t enough, but because it’s just so damn good.
Crooked Colours – VERA
Released: 23 June, 2017 via Sweat It Out