Published Feb 26, 2016On their debut album Ivory, electro-pop duo COLOURS — a partnership between vocalist Kyle Tamo and drummer Morgan Alley — juxtapose soft falsetto vocals and intense, often coarse electronic fusions. COLOURS leans heavily on R&B influences, particularly in their lyricism and vocal style — they are often compared to the Weeknd in those respects — but COLOURS' real strengths do not lie in vocals but rather in the instrumental aspects of each track.
Kicking off the LP with the thrilling "Lawless," the duo throw everything they have at listeners, layering vocals and dramatic drops. That epic, full-spectrum sound continues into "Monster," and although the simplistic lyrics pale in comparison to the complex synth-dub formula the group employ throughout the LP, they provide an entry-point for mainstream listeners.
The production, however, is spot on throughout Ivory, particularly on "Lawless" and "Mind Games," a layer cake of impenetrable sound and intensive percussion build-ups by Alley, which provide eloquent contrast to Tamo's pop vocalizations. "Gold Bones" is a strangely pretty and sad track about fame and unending youth that would suit a music video well, as its well-timed drops and pauses convey passion and come across as cinematic. (Victory)