"May You Marry Rich" by Colourmusic on iTunes

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Colourmusic share a certain aesthetic with TV on the Radio, another band that works well dabbling just outside the lines but with deliberation and a certain kind of knowing. Where TVOTR might fall slightly inside the “pop” boundary with some strokes, these Oklahoma boys stay well on the other side, where the outré sensibility speaks clearly to them. Swinging and swaggering from muscular to majestic, from a light touch to a whomp upside the head, they densely layer racing, pulsing guitars manipulated to sound like blinking neon tubes or the revving engine of a racecar over furious toms and muddy bass riffs. Or, conversely, they weave glistening sheets of keyboards and snaking, hissing streams of electronic percussion (or staccato, bristling snares) into a wall of icy beauty while Ryan Hendrix’s almost-delicate vocals weave in and out, speaking to the concept of “happiness and a theory that we’re not wired to have contentment as our genetic disposition.” Indeed, it’s not a happy album—but it’s not as dark as they warn, either. It’s somewhere in between. And as implied earlier, there's a kind of deliberation and thoughtfulness here that's refreshing and even exciting.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Colourmusic share a certain aesthetic with TV on the Radio, another band that works well dabbling just outside the lines but with deliberation and a certain kind of knowing. Where TVOTR might fall slightly inside the “pop” boundary with some strokes, these Oklahoma boys stay well on the other side, where the outré sensibility speaks clearly to them. Swinging and swaggering from muscular to majestic, from a light touch to a whomp upside the head, they densely layer racing, pulsing guitars manipulated to sound like blinking neon tubes or the revving engine of a racecar over furious toms and muddy bass riffs. Or, conversely, they weave glistening sheets of keyboards and snaking, hissing streams of electronic percussion (or staccato, bristling snares) into a wall of icy beauty while Ryan Hendrix’s almost-delicate vocals weave in and out, speaking to the concept of “happiness and a theory that we’re not wired to have contentment as our genetic disposition.” Indeed, it’s not a happy album—but it’s not as dark as they warn, either. It’s somewhere in between. And as implied earlier, there's a kind of deliberation and thoughtfulness here that's refreshing and even exciting.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

25 Ratings

A really great band that deserves more attention!

Rikaru Hunter,

I don't see why more people don't know these guys. They are different in a good way. Shame… but at least they are still creating good tunes! Keep it up guys!

Wow!

Krazy Kitchen,

This band is amazing! I've never heard anything but cheesy butt rock or hippie jam bands in oklahoma! These guys blew me away with their sound! Keep up the great work!!!!!

About Colourmusic

Oklahoma's Colourmusic are a high-concept indie group based around the theory that music is visual, and that chords and notes are represented by hues of color. This philosophy, popularized by Isaac Newton, led Ryan Hendrix and Nick Turner to start the band in 2005 while attending Oklahoma State University in the small college town of Stillwater. They began creating EPs, starting with a red one and a yellow one, and drummer Cory Suter joined. For live shows, Colourmusic expanded to a quintet and included the Bells Are...'s Nick Ley and Colin Fleishacker performing in costumes and body paint that coincided with album themes. Once fellow Oklahoman Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips caught wind of their theatrics, he invited Colourmusic to open up for his band in Oklahoma City. The next release color was predetermined when Hendrix decided to merge together the material from their red and yellow EPs to make the orange 2008 full-length f, monday, orange, february, venus, lunatic, 1 or 13. After a European tour, the group signed to Warner Bros. subsidiary Great Society and took a detour from standard shades for My _____ Is Pink, which was released in May of 2011. The band moved over to indie label Memphis Industries for third album May You Marry Rich, which saw release in 2014. ~ Jason Lymangrover

  • ORIGIN
    Oklahoma
  • FORMED
    2005

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