The History of Colour TV reveal second single from ‘Something Like Eternity’ LP
FOR LOVERS OF: Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Sunny Day Real Estate
Brimming with moody ambience and waves of heavy riffing – AllMusic
An experience well rewarded for those willing to take the trip – Sounds Better With Reverb
A collision of majestic pop melodies and rivet gun industrial swathes of noise with sub currents of drone – Louder Than War
Closely, moving inward into your own head. Majestic, expansive, portentous and a little ill-omened – Big Takeover Magazine
Unabashedly dramatic, sweeping rock songs – PopMatters
Cathartic and impassioned denouement that builds to a purgative crescendo of near noise – Overblown Magazine
Berlin-based trio The History of Colour TV presents ‘As Gray As Park Can Be’, the second single from their forthcoming third LP ‘Something Like Eternity’, which is slated for release on March 17 via France’s Crane Records.
The back story to this album is inspired by the band’s desire to work with notable producer Peter Deimel (The Wedding Present, Shellac, The Ex), for which they traveled to France in the spring of 2016 to record with him at the legendary Black Box Recording Studio. Days of making music in the French countryside, close to the Loire Valley, saw them depart from their previous sound, instead bringing a raw, minimalist aesthetic to the new release.
This new track follows the first single ‘Wreck’ from this album. Stylistically, these are both dynamic and open live recordings with minimal overdubs and, in this respect, they represent a snapshot of the album as a whole. Based on narrative themes, these songs blend melodic sensibilities with ragged guitar textures. The first track builds nicely on melancholic arpeggio patterns.
British artist Jaike Stambach founded The History Of Colour TV in 2010. Initially conceived as a solo multimedia project involving noisy hypnotic output through audio, video and soundtrack offerings, he was eventually joined byt Markus Mocydlarz and Janek Sprachta. Over the course of two albums and multiple EPs, released through Bruit Blanc and Saint Marie Records, the band has been unabashedly diverse in their approach, exploring harsh noise, sound collages and reverb-saturated dreampop, to the stripped-down rock of their more recent offerings. They also toured extensively while establishing a remarkable presence on the Berlin music scene.
The more organic approach taken for the band’s second widely acclaimed album ‘Shapes of Spilt Blood Spelt Love’ was stripped of the electronic attributes of the band’s debut album ‘Emerald Cures Chic Ills’ to present a spacious mix of strategically sparse layers of guitars, minimalist rhythmic patterns and bass-heavy riffs. In contrast, ‘Something Like Eternity’ is an album of sparse, immediate performances captured live in studio. The room seemingly reverberates to a wide dynamic range of sonic tapestries ranging from fleeting moments of near-silence to elongated passages of guitar meltdowns, loaded with emotion.
‘Something Like Eternity’ will be released on March 17, both digitally and on vinyl, via French label Cranes Records and the band’s own imprint Weird Books. Band member Janek Sprachta has also just released ‘Grow’, his second solo album via Midira Records, which is also worth exploring for a brief journey through ambient, modern classic and post rock.
1. Granite Verge Of Tears
2. Broken Trip
3. Days Numbered
5. Everything That Stood Still
6. Overcast Half
7. As Gray as Park Can Be
8. Even Rain
* Bonus track from ‘Wreck’ single ‘August Twenty First’ available for review and playlisting
Recorded by Peter Deimel at Black Box Recording Studio
Mastered by Peter Deimel and David Odlum
August Twenty First recorded & mastered by E_S_D
All music and lyrics by The History of Colour TV
Photography by Jaike
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