Berlin-based trio The History of Colour TV is back with new music, presenting ‘Wreck’, the first single from their forthcoming third album ‘Something Like Eternity’. The band traveled to France in the spring of 2016 to record with Peter Deimel (The Wedding Present, Shellac, The Ex) at the legendary Black Box Recording Studio. The result represents a departure from their hallmark sound by bringing a raw, minimalist aesthetic to the new release.
Though enigmatic, ‘Wreck’ recounts the story of a group-friendship tarnished by disaffection and apathy. As a member of this group, the narrator describes feelings of helplessness by the members’ own inability to positively change the situation. A list of surreal descriptions ensues, and the lyrics imply that the friends suffer a serious car crash. Although their fate remains unclear, the narrator seemingly becomes all-seeing and is left to contemplate the aftermath and randomness of an event that nullified any potential for reconciliation within the group.
Track 2, follows the five minute plus recording of a thunder storm titled ‘August Twenty First’.
New single starts mood driven pinned through with heavier guitar refrain, said to be recorded with minimal overdubs, feels organic and more direct with good textures, ‘Wreck’ is a healthy direction of things to come, feel guitars play an increasing role which is no bad thing. Time to get case sensitive with The History of Colour TV that is if you haven’t already. Good manna. 8/10
1. Wreck – 05:47
2. August Twenty First – 05:47
‘Wreck’ recorded by Peter Deimel, March 9th 2016 at Black Box Recording Studio
Mastered by Peter Deimel & David Odlum
August Twenty First recorded & mastered by E_S_D
All music and lyrics by The History Of Colour TV
Photography by Jaike