Colo’s debut album on Ki Records, ‘UR’, almost didn’t happen. Nick Smith and Ben Corr were in the final stages of production when, one evening, their un-backed studio laptop was left in a London pub. Fortunately the computer was honestly returned to its rightful owners and the 10 tracks were sent for mastering a short time later.
All the elements of ‘UR‘ were recorded live, with accidents and mistakes helping to create the loose, layered textures that run throughout the album. The juxtaposition of acoustic percussion with once cutting-edge synthesisers and effects makes for a uniquely personal listen, crafted without samples or shortcuts.
Nick’s fragile vocals were recorded with a direct and intuitive approach, with spontaneity valued over technicality – ‘Doorframe‘, for example, features vocals recorded with a games console mic, with little concern given to the ambient noise present. The raw qualities from the environment were lost when an attempt to re-record them was made, and so what was meant to be a rough outline ended up the final take.
The structure of ‘UR‘ has been carefully considered to form a cohesive listening experience, while colo’s production aesthetic is the glue that binds the tracks together, giving them licence to explore a plethora of musical ideas and tangents.
The first single, ‘Holidays‘, was released in December 2013 on 7″ and featured a Christian Löffler remix. Upcoming singles will be ‘The View From Nowhere‘ and ‘Aubade‘.
Picture credits: Lisa Buckby