A few things people have been writing about the 1-800-BADNITE single…
SOUNDTRACK TO 2012: THE HISTORY OF COLOUR TV
“Certain things slot together so convincingly it’s enough to suspect predestination. The dulcet tones of another lost Saturday. Cadences of synth chords last heard of The Cure’s Disintegration album. Fat and greasy globules of rain striking the pavement at obtuse angles, washing away the sins of this fair city. Layers of chiselled reverb, planted at junctures within the melody as if an elaborate form of punctuation.
Was whilst waiting for the Queen’s own postal service to deliver my 7” copy of ‘Tortoise Regret Hare’ by James Yorkston (the b-side is a cover of the self same song by King Creosote, a wonderfully imaginative interpretation that hangs against the tide as if conceived in an echo chamber). Unfortunately the internal rhythms of the Queen’s own postal service weren’t conducive to supplying my vinyl fix – at least for today – hence the requisite dip in the pool of new releases. I do have an addiction to maintain, after all.
You may have noticed I’ve cunningly sewn the opening paragraph with a few descriptions of The History Of Colour TV’s latest single. A somewhat enigmatic band – Berlin based and with membership culled from the US and UK – and this is a somewhat enigmatic track, cleverly subverting the shoegaze template. If this attraction to music is all about momentum – as this blog regularly alludes – then this is a perfect example of a coy yet grinding detail; the type of record mined from exotic ground, and where the strip lights strobe with egregious allure.”
“A less specific nostalgia drenches this creamy slab of hypnagogic shoegaze. They explicitly reference the ideas of a past ‘yet to be’ and a forgotten future; combined with the pelagically reverberant, historically dislocated guitar soup of their sound, this positions them pretty clearly at the a-chronic saturation point of cultural reflection described so precisely by Simon Reynolds in Retromania. Whatever they’re nostalgic for has never happened, and what’s more, it’s hard to avoid reading these sounds as nostalgic for an already nostalgic moment, when the first wave of shoegaze re-enacted the sonic and psychic distance of their own inspirational sources in the glimmering fog of their contrarian studio artifice. Of course, I’m writing from an obsolete perspective, where pop has to do something entirely novel every week, and that’s no longer possible; The History Of Colour TV are practitioners of a musical language that by any normal standards has only just been established, and they do an admirable job of exploring the wrinkles of its remaining potential. This is a blood-temperature aural bath, evoking an unexplored place and time, as familiar as the womb.”
“Based in Berlin, Germany (with members hailing from the U.S. and the U.K.), The History Of Colour TV already have some single & EP releases (cassettes, CD, digital) under their belt. The current offering is available as MP3 and 10” (limited edition of 100 copies) and holds two songs that roam in the band’s known melting pot of shoegaze, drone, noise rock, psychedelic pop. “1-800-Badnite” is a quite atmospheric piece with dreamy, melancholic synth melodies and deep riffs, all cleverly bedded in a floating river of shoegazey champage and coated with sweet’n’sexy female vocals. This could easily be some part of a movie soundtrack due to its epic, solemn fragrance. “Selisse Estates” is the second gem on this single. Unlike the title song, it breathes a more psychedelic rock tinged aura, the overall wall of sound is noisier, partly rather gritty and working hand in glove with charismatic male vocals. This song feels like some kind of whirring spiral that captures you and carries you away, right to that place where the river turns into a waterfall. Intense and delightful. Head over to their Bandcamp and listen yourself.”
Alright, these start shipping tomorrow…
Thx so very much to everyone who pre-ordered, ordered, and waited patiently for these to be ready…
It’s dark-versus-bright pressed on black-on-black wrapped in dusk-to-dawn vector.
Just finished putting one of those album thingies in the metaphorical can.
What started out a few months ago as an EP fragmented and multiplied, before gradually condensing itself back down to 10 tracks, and a full length record. Phew.
Anyway, later this week comes the official release of the 1-800-BADNITE single, so to celebrate all this, every digital release of our back catalogue will be available on a €-name-your-price basis over the next week.
Head over to our Bandcamp page and wreck it.
We’re pleased to announce the release of a new single!
1-800-BADNITE / SELISSE ESTATES will be available on 10” vinyl - limited to 100 copies - as well a digital download. Both are available to pre-order now.
Check it all out here…