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Michael Stipe says there's always some degree of purpose in an accident.
A couple of months ago I accidentally came across this band's website. This turned out to be one the best mistakes I'd ever made.
They cite their influences as Radiohead, Mogwai and Sunny Day Real Estate, but The Color Turning are in a league of their own.
Have you ever felt like a particular band make music exactly like what you felt was missing before? Well I had that feeling until I heard a rough live MP3 of a song called 'Words And Everything After' from The Color Turning's website.
Even from that muffled recording, I could tell how amazing this band were and now I have a proper recording to review.
The EP starts off with a minute long track of distortion and spoken word called 'Divergent' which leads into the first proper song 'Intuition Is Wrong'. 'Divergent' isn't necessarilly needed but it sets the atmosphere of the EP well.
'Intuition Is Wrong' starts with a burst of guitars and a slightly distorted vocal by Steve Scavo. The chorus comes with a great vocal line which just makes you want to jump around. Then comes one of those quiet parts which you always treasure in a song like this. It brings you down before building you up again.
The choruses of each of the songs are amazing. The type of choruses which make you want to sing along before you know the words. This is no exception in next track 'Solace'. Steve Scavo seems to exactly what to sing to fit the rest of the instruments perfectly. The drums are especially good.
'Words And Everything After' follows. I can't believe how great this song is. It starts off with the sound of a crank being wound and then a music box starts and shortly a guitar joins in. This song is still my favourite. Everytime I hear it it wills me with the strange sensation that I'm floating. Again the chorus is epic. The harmonies are perfect.
The last two songs are 'Goodbye Abercrombie' and 'This Is How That Feels'. By now it's obvious what I'm going to say, but when you get these EP, and you WILL get it, you will see what I'm talking about. There is nothing else that will make you feel quite like these songs do.
Great guitars, Great vocals. Great percussion. Great harmonies.
Bands like this don't come along every day.