If you’ve never heard of a duo that mixes electronica and psychedelia under the umbrella of cinematic music, you’re in luck. Lost Colours are your lads. The Leeds duo recently (March 14th, 2018) released A Different Life EP which is a wild mix of the aforementioned styles. From organic sitar-like sounds to Friday night club rhythms, they cover the bases. With a mix of instrumental and vocally accompanied music, the band manages to tap into quite a few different styles on this relatively short release.
Your first taste of this multi-flavoured EP is the track “Organic Adventures.” If your first reaction is anything like mine, you’ll probably think of a zen garden. Very floating and peaceful sounds seep out to welcome you in. Following not far behind is the electronica aspect of the band’s sound that takes the song to a different realm. From a quiet and delicate state, the song explodes with larger than life energy. The grandiose sound definitely ties in well with the cinematic style. The organic adventure is no longer, as the zen garden is paved over by city streets and big lights. It does, however, make for an excellent transition into the next chapter of the EP.
The title track follows up with an instant groove and nightlife ambiance. The song has a stronger flow, especially with Sam Thornton featured on vocals. A pulsating bass line and space-age background sound effects give this song a peculiar resemblance to the psych-rock psych rock band Hawkwind. Thornton’s vocals are extremely pleasant to listen to. They cut through the hectic musical parts flying by in the background soulfully and smoothly. Such a song couldn’t be complete without traces of horns adding to the soulfulness of an otherwise more space-age motif.
So far we’ve traveled though zen and space as we await the next stop of this eclectic ride. With Thornton providing vocals once again, “Technicolour High” is the perfect mix between the first two songs of the album. In a very conceptual way, the rhythms and sonic styles of “A Different Life” are pushed by the energy of “Organic Adventures.” It’s that soaring, high, feel-good, commercial sound. Almost as yin is to yang, the next song on the EP brings the alternative mix to the first two songs.
With a call back to the delicate zen garden sounds, Rebekah Dobbin’s vocals fly over a more dialed back musical backdrop on the track “One Space Left.” A bit more psychedelic and vision splitting compared to the space-age vibes. The album definitely flows with a certain pattern to its step, taking a bit here and saving it for there, and vice versa. The use of similar motifs can perhaps be attributed to the cinematic aspect of Lost Colours.
Conceptual music is quite interesting to listen to, especially if you do so in one prolonged sitting to experience the full scope of the concept. Psychedlia lends itself very well to the idea of bending time and stretching motifs. The electronic side of the music gives this album a steady drive that serves almost like an anchor, making sure you don’t get lost in the abstract. To add to this idea, the EP wraps up with remix versions of “A Different Life” and “Technicolour High.” Pumped with heavy-duty groove, these versions were surely crafted to get people moving on the dance floor.
Seeing artists put out different takes of their own material on the same release is pretty cool. It shows versatility and creativeness. Music is so easily manipulated and very malleable, so why not twist and turn things around and upside down? This EP has a lot to offer in terms of mixing genres, exploring conceptual releases, and showing just how easily production can swing the mood of a song. Lost Colours put out a great musical effort with this release. Although the band is a duo in the studio, they whip together a mean eight-person live set up. Be sure to look into this multifaceted act and explore the different realms of their art.
Written by Ben Cornel
*edited by Kate Erickson