Melbourne 4-piece Flyying Colours first got here to my consideration in the summertime of 2013 when debut single ‘Wavygravy’ first dropped. Sparse and ethereal in sound however with a harsh, innovative paying homage to Seattle’s most interesting from the late eighties/early nineties. It paved the best way for what was to comply with, while opening many ears and eyes to the attractive noise taking place in Australia’s most culturally vibrant metropolis. It additionally introduced them to the eye of esteemed London impartial label Club AC30, who would subsequently go onto signal then launch their following two EPs and first lengthy participant.
Nevertheless, the road-up and dynamic of the band that put out ‘Wavygravy’ (and Flyying Colours EP which it was later re-issued on) was very completely different to the one which stands earlier than us in the present day. While core and founder members Brodie J Brummer and Gemma O’Connor shared a imaginative and prescient from the outset, its undoubtedly the modifications in personnel – specifically with the rhythm part from brothers Sam and Joshua Dawes to present incumbents Melanie Barbaro (bass) and Andy Russell (drums)- which have seen them fulfill their undoubted promise.
Because right here on Mindfullness, their lengthy-awaited debut, they’ve not solely managed to seize the explosive depth of their reside sound, but in addition created an album that pushes the envelope a number of steps past their earlier releases. Which in equity is one thing Flyying Colours have managed to realize in spades from the outset. Furthermore, Mindfullness is made up of ten beforehand unreleased compositions. Which is the signal of a band striving to maneuver forwards at each doable juncture fairly fairly than play it protected and depend on previous glories.
Anyone lucky sufficient to witness any of their inaugural UK reveals final May may have seen a band in transition, however finally discovering a favoured course that when reproduced on tape, bore all of the hallmarks of a basic. While Mindfullness does not fairly fall into that class, it ticks all the precise bins whereas offering a pathway in direction of future greatness.
Although undeniably in thrall to the halcyon days of the shoegaze period – opener ‘It’s Tomorrow Now’ and fellow reverb-heavy juggernaut ‘Sun Hail And Rain’ each owing a big debt of gratitude to Catherine Wheel as shining examples – Flyying Colours possess a particular sound of their very own. Mainly right down to the dual vocals-and-guitar crescendos of Brummer and O’Connor, whose mixed presence flip the aforementioned opener right into a blissful but cathartic three-and-a-half minutes of excellent, summery dreampop.
While Flyying Colours have perfected that formulation over the previous couple of years, it is on expansive numbers like reflective widescreen epic ‘Mellow’ and echo-laden instrumental ‘Roygbiv’ that they actually come into their very own. Brummer and O’Connor’s genteel vocal interchanges on the previous eerily paying homage to Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell from Slowdive’s earlier recordings whereas Barbaro’s driving bassline weaves intricately via the sonic maelstrom round it. On the latter, entitled after however not included on their second EP from final yr, its the right axis the place publish-rock and ambient shoegaze meet and grow to be agency lifelong associates. Or in musical phrases like a soiree between Disco Inferno and Bark Psychosis.
‘1987’ could very effectively be a tribute to the yr in query however to those ears it may simply so simply be a hazy rewrite of The Lotus Eaters’ wonderful 45 ‘The First Picture Of You’, whereas the dreamy, if barely sombre ‘This Is What You Wanted’ builds and fades in an identical time construction to The Cure’s ‘Charlotte Sometimes’. Which once more ably demonstrates the vast palette of concepts and influences that went into making Mindfullness.
The title observe itself is the closest Flyying Colours come to the shoegrunge/grungegaze tags they discovered themselves suffering from throughout their embryonic interval. Loud, sludgy and visceral in each sense, it offers the angriest 4 minutes on the report and likewise a stark distinction to the fragile tones of ‘When’ which brings Mindfullness to a sedate conclusion.
Ultimately, Flyying Colours have delivered a debut they are often pleased with which might solely bode effectively for the following chapter of their blossoming profession.