Colder, the electronics project of Marc Nguyen Tan, hereby releases 2 albums of new material simultaneously! The Rain and Goodbye both have their origins in recordings for Trevor Jackson’s Output label, but have different vibes. The Goodbye is the more dancefloor-oriented of the pair, being laden with slick pulsing rhythms. Released by Bataille.
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- Goodbye by Colder
Well I was quite looking forward to hearing this pair of albums of unreleased Colder material. 'The Rain' was though much more of an experimental work of moody instrumentals that I found it hard to get a grip on. It didn't really sound like Colder as I know them. This one showcases the more dance floor orientated sound that Colder has previously peddled albeit sadly.
It's still a strange listen in comparison to earlier work with a kind of lilting jazz feel to the tracks over which Marc Nguyen Tan overlays his 'deeply troubled European man' style vocals. This is still a lot less danceable than we are used to from this outfit. the songs are more in the vein of Alan Vega or even Jacques Brel. Disconcerting slabs of avant lounge with oddball vocals. Certainly its the sound of Tan experimenting with his style. 'Sugar' is a kind of Flying Lizards style slice of weird pop and 'Cold Hand Bop' is built around minimalist shards of funky guitar. Suicide I guess is the main influence here both in the vocal delivery and the minimal accompaniments.
I'm not entirely sure these two should have been released as separate albums. Perhaps a double album collection marketed as lost recordings might have made sense. It's interesting stuff but of course nowhere near the quality of the recent 'Many Colours' album.
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