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Colors of the Sun

Hatchback

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Album Review

Some albums sound just the way you'd imagine them. It's only natural and fitting that a record called Colors of the Sun, by an artist (from San Francisco) named Hatchback, with song titles like "Carefree Highway," "Open Valley," and "Horizon," would be warm, wistful, vibrant, hazy, summery, autumnal, and evocative of free-spirited road trips and nostalgic bliss. What's impressive about this particular album is how simply and sweetly it satisfies all of these distinct yet impressionistic expectations suggested by its nomenclature — so aptly conveyed as to seem almost inevitable, but not nearly so readily achieved — resulting in a gorgeous, glowing journey that is at the same time sublimely relaxed and restful. The pieces that make up these pieces (oodles of analog synths, loping drum loops, fluid streams of electronic-sounding, organic-feeling melody, guitars and pianos and horns that might be sampled or synthesized or played) fit together so seamlessly, yet in such subtly shifting combinations, that one begins to wonder whether the effortlessness they project reflects an unusually intuitive, ingenuous creative approach, or if it masks a deliberate, painstaking, no less ingenious process of integration and formulation. To be sure, Hatchback is not without an extensive range of precursors and influences. Producer/composer Samuel Grawe has listed a wide array of inspirations for his work, both musical (1970s Krautrock — particularly the namechecked Neu! — and prog rock, vintage film soundtracks, Italo disco, Herbie Hancock, Stereolab...) and experiential (travel, friends, sunsets, windy roads, romance...) Which set of reference points is the more useful may depend on the listener, but the truth is that Colors of the Sun somehow manages to lives up to all of them. It will inevitably get lumped in with the Cosmic Disco movement (although little of it is remotely danceable) and the Balearic revival of the late 2000s, but this is a lovely and transporting listen regardless of times and trends, and one of the finest album statements that these loosely defined scenes have yet produced. ~ K. Ross Hoffman, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Amazing Debut Album

From out of nowhere, I stumbled upon this album online and sampled it, and it proved good enought to buy. But I had no idea it would this great. Colors of the Sun is a tranquil journey that needs to be heard by as many people as possible. The songs Everything Is Neu, Closer to Forever, and White Diamond are all-timers, and Jetlag and Open Valley are amazing as well. The album does not have a weak track and I strongly recommend it if you enjoy Electronica.

Strong execution of Electronica

White Diamond shines above the rest, yet every song strives to that level.

Biography

Born: 1976 in Maclean, VA

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hatchback is the nom du disque of Samuel Milton Grawe, a lifelong music lover and creator of expansive, evocative, easygoing electronic epics. Born in 1976, he spent his childhood between Maclean, VA, and New Delhi, India, and beyond; traveling the world with his World Bank-employed father and always listening to his Walkman as he went, thereby instilling an enduring link between music and travel. His parents introduced him early on to ABBA, the Eurythmics, and Culture Club; later he discovered the...
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