CFCF took as inspiration for this record a particular Phil Collins track, ‘Hand in Hand’. The shiny-cheesy 80’s synth tone was just what he was after, and he used the inspiration to produce these 12 short pop instrumentals. Crucially, there is no sneer on The Colours of Life: whatever you think of these sounds, CFCF has composed them sincerely. CD on Plancha.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 23 December 2015Phil Collins has inspired much in his time on planet earth (most notable the 'voice as saxophone' explosion of the mid ’80’s) but rarely has he inspired music as sweet as this. Yup it was a track by the ‘We Can’t Dance’ guy that inspired Mike Silver to concoct this album of instrumentals. The album is made up of short pieces where the ’80’s panpipe textures recall all that ‘inspirational’ ’80’s New Agey music which is somehow en vogue again right now. In fact it was only yesterday that the office playing of Kendrick Lamar’s latest was bleeding through and ruining my headphone listen to a Clannad album. It might be done partly tongue in cheek, partly for a real love of the source material but the wobbling guitar on ‘Our World’ sounds like anything off the last War on Drugs album. In the ’80’s this sort of stuff was played by mulleted technical guitar guys astride hilltops now its done by hip bedroom producers. ‘The Pyramid’ whilst sounding like the demonstration setting on your Casio organ still has enough melodic sensibility to make it enjoyable. In fact the whole thing has left me confused. Is this irony, post irony or no irony at all. Am I supposed to like it or smirk at it. At the time of writing I’m doing both. LIYL: Panpipe, saxophone.
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