6/10 Dave Staff review, 14 October 2011
Secret Colors is the brainchild of Seattle based artist Matt Lawson. There was a time when I used to get massively excited about people coming from Seattle, as I used to think it was some kind of grunge mecca. Nowadays I reckon it's just like Wakefield...but wetter. Stepping out from the plaid shirted shadows cast by “Singles” and Pearl jam comes this dreamy LP by Secret Colors. It's a collection of what I guess you could call ambient pieces. The compositions are quite concise and have tight arrangements. It sounds pretty good. Synth washes, underpinned by throbbing bass noises and ethereal sonics. It is very much a purple haze of a record. Some of the songs rumble and slide past you, while the edgier tracks bury their way into your subconscious. It reminds me of a less guitar wrangling Mark Maguire. It's a well rendered exercise in mood altering ambience. It sounds quite cinematic in places too. It comes on a spattered vinyl that is tie-dyed and looks pretty sweet actually. A soft offering from a promising artist. Glacial and very interesting. Grunge is dead, etc...
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