Paper Cranes –  Cherry Coloured (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

25073329_1508419472561063_6913838846274581775_oThe wonderful Cherry Coloured is back with a song which blends the usual dreamy, ambient soundscaping with something slightly more driven, slightly more tangible. Without abandoning the washed ambience and tentative tones, Paper Cranes is instead built on a throbbing, hypnotic, motorik beat and some lovely and exotic, skittering chiming charm. It is this walk between the previous understated nature and a new found musical confidence and solidity which shows real evolution.

That restrained and smoke- like musical beauty is still present but now it shares the space with more robust and well-rounded sounds and it is this dynamic which creates the charm of the song as it drops down into near silence, reaches for noisy crescendos and explores every combination in between. Alongside bands such as the ever exploratory Wasuremono and dream-dance of Himmel, Cherry Coloured is helping to add a wonderful new genre to the modern musical canon, one that sits between post-punk dream scapes and modern ambient dance, that revels in space and a new sound palette, which doesn’t seek to conform but in not doing so is being picked up by a whole new alternative pop and indie audience.

Commercial success is not something that should be sought ahead of creativity, but stumbling over it on your way to writing the opening paragraph in a whole new chapter in the history of music is a very happy accident. It is something Cherry Coloured and the bands mentioned in the same breath are doing without even trying. How cool is that?

 

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A Sudden Warmness –  Cherry Coloured (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

a0927677866_16They say that one swallow does not a summer make, similarly two bands does not quite equate to a scene, but from the outside looking in with bands such as Screens 4 Eyes and now Amit Buium working under the new name of Cherry Coloured, it does seem as if Tel Aviv is engaging in the same dream-pop/shoegaze revival that’s gaining momentum in the UK and US. Last year’s Void wandered though some drifting and hazy soundscapes, perfectly living up to the dream-pop moniker by combining a certain otherworldliness with enough pop structure to keep things from floating too far out of reach. A Sudden Warmness wanders similar territory.

And despite the musical references that Cherry Coloured alludes to, not least the one in the title, it is music which sounds familiar yet not quite reminiscent enough to be able to tie it down, an awareness of the musical heritage it is  a continuation of yet clever enough not to just run amok with its legacy, an extension to the canon rather than just a reworking of its core tenets. More than anything A Sudden Warmness is as thoughtful as it is beautiful, it delicately pulses and shimmers, drifts and chimes and whilst doing so ponders emotional distance, loss and separation but reminds us that kindness and optimism are still inherent qualities of the human condition. Gorgeousness personified.

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