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Often evoking names like the Kinks, Donovan, and the High Llamas but branching into electro-pop, soul, and more, Colorama is a psychedelic indie pop group with a fluctuating lineup behind Welsh singer/songwriter Carwyn Ellis.
Established in Cardiff in 2008, the band’s debut album, Cookie Zoo, was released at first only in Japan on Noise McCartney Records. Also in 2008, their official debut single, "Sound" arrived via the U.K.'s Redbricks Recordings. Colorama accepted an invitation to play at Glastonbury in the summer of 2009, and that September they released Magic Lantern Show, an album with both English- and Welsh-language songs. Their third LP, Box, arrived via Noise McCartney (Japan) and See Monkey Do Monkey Recordings (U.K.) in the fall of 2010. The Christmas EP Cerdyn Nadolig (Christmas Card) followed that December. In 2011, they released the mostly Welsh Llyfr Lliwio (Coloring Book), and with production by Edwyn Collins and Sebastian Lewsley, Good Music hit shelves and the web in 2012.
Wonderfulsound reissued Colorama’s existing catalog in late 2013, making Cookie Zoo available in Europe for the first time. The EP Heaven's Hotel followed in March 2014, and the full-length Temari arrived three months later on AED Records. In the meantime, Ellis, Collins, and Lewsley had reunited for the soundtrack to The Possibilities Are Endless, a documentary about Collins' stroke and struggle to regain his memory. The soundtrack was released in November 2014, the same month Wonderfulsound issued a collection of Colorama's Welsh-language songs, Dere Mewn! Ellis began recording the seventh Colorama studio album in 2015. In 2016, Bendith, a collaboration between Ellis and indie folk trio Plu (Elan, Gwilym, and Marged Rhys), released a self-titled EP. After an unprecedented -- for Colorama -- three-year gap between records, Some Things Just Take Time, a stripped-down tribute to American songwriting influences, arrived in 2017. ~ Marcy Donelson
- Cardiff, Wales
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