FRENCH DARKWAVE / COLDWAVE PIONEER COLDER ANNOUNCES FIRST ALBUM IN NEARLY A DECADE
OUT 6 NOVEMBER
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Colder has announced his first album in nearly ten years, ‘Many Colours’ (out 6th November) – it follows the release of two tracks, ‘Turn Your Back’ and ‘Midnight Fever’, earlier this year.
Colder has just completed his third, very long-awaited album, Many Colours, and it’s abundantly clear from the opening strains of the title track that the lengthy absence since 2002 debut, Again, and 2005 successor, Heat, hasn’t diminished Marc Nygen Tan’s keen sense of mood and melody. In fact, as the remainder of Many Colour’s 10 mesmerising tracks attest, if anything the nine-year respite has given Tan a renewed sense of purpose and direction that reveals itself with a subtle beauty that resonates and endures. This is a mature work made by an artist of rare purity and insight, a man who makes music for the right reasons, or not at all.
Previously known for his trademark intense, sensual, almost apocalyptic compositions, Tan’s latest album won’t disappoint existing fans, though the layering runs deeper, the emotions more considered and the overall effect harder to evade, as if you would want to. When an artist disappears for such an extended period, expectation of their return is rightly weighed down by fear that they have lost their creative spark or that the motivation behind it is less than noble. With Many Colours, Colder has crafted the ideal antidote to such concerns, in the process producing one of the most compelling and original records in years, an album that continues the cycle begun in 2002 whilst taking the conversation in other, less familiar directions.
To get a sense of the style of his music then and the transition to the immense depth and maturity of Many Colours, it’s worth noting he studied cinema for several years, as well as his work in design for fashion and TV clients such as Kenzo, Paris Premiere, Cabane de Zucca and Arte. Colder’s music is cool. It is seductive yet unobtainable, intimate yet peculiarly disorienting. It resonates like Joy Division or LCD Soundsystem yet occupies its own space, taking the listener out of their comfort zone and into a world of unsettling feelings and sensations, each more tantalising than its predecessor.
Opening track Many Colours rejuvenates the best elements of recent decades of modern music, juxtaposing its dominant synthetic template with a deeply affecting organic quality underscored by Tan’s use of piano. The album’s mood is urban and urbane, taking the listener into the heart of the metropolitan darkness haunting Tan’s dreams. This is an album to be assimilated and appreciated, a record that demands to be understood, loved and shared.
Before it’s possible to infer that this is an album of electronic compositions, Tan introduces Turn Your Back with lush piano and a sense of production histrionics that strangely recalls Californian rock of the 1970s. Stationery Remote Anger drops the tempo and the piano takes on a mild funereal quality that made Joy Division’s The Eternal such a haunting piece of music. The lyrics border on abstract language poetry, which helps maintain Tan’s abstruse appeal. Even when lyrics seem simple or straightforward, they escape easy definition, leaving the listener ample space to provide their own interpretation, or none at all.
1. Many Colours
2. Another Year
3. Turn Your Back
4. Stationery Remote Anger
5. Midnight Fever Feat. Owlle
6. On A Flat And Empty Land
7. Keep For Yourself
8. Your Kind
Here is the first track from the album,
PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR COLDER:
Exquisite – Colder sounds like a sparser, funkier Joy Division or a Digital Doors”
“Colder’s sound is at the height of chic, the perfect late-night complement to an evening of jealous lovers”
“With Colder there’s no notion of compromise”
TIME OUT NEW YORK
“Suicide-ish vocal meanderings and Krautrock-via-Joy Division hypnosis”
“Very fashionable, very necessary”
“While there’s more than a little influence from early New Order here, one can also hear echoes of Suicide, PiL’s Metal Box and the motorik reveries of Cluster.”
“It pushes many of the same buttons as DFA/LCD Soundsystem, but with a sensuous Gallic cool missing from the more angular Anglo-Americans.”
“Music for smoking and looking bored has rarely ever been this decisively brilliant.”