Brimming with moody ambience and waves of heavy riffing – AllMusic
An experience well rewarded for those willing to take the trip – Sounds Better With Reverb
A collision of majestic pop melodies and rivet gun industrial swathes of noise with sub currents of drone – Louder Than War
Closely, moving inward into your own head. Majestic, expansive, portentous and a little ill-omened – The Big Takeover
Unabashedly dramatic, sweeping rock songs – PopMatters
Cathartic and impassioned denouement that builds to a purgative crescendo of near noise – Overblown Magazine
Berlin-based trio The History Of Colour TV is back with new music, presenting ‘Wreck’, the first single from their forthcoming third album ‘Something Like Eternity’. For this, the band traveled to France in the spring of 2016 to record with Peter Deimel (The Wedding Present, Shellac, The Ex) at the legendary Black Box Recording Studio. The result represents a departure from their hallmark sound by bringing a raw, minimalist aesthetic to the new release.
Stylistically, ‘Wreck’ is a dynamic and open live recording with minimal overdubs and, in this respect, represents a snapshot of the overall album. With an elongated structure and narrative theme, the song itself blends melodic sensibilities with ragged guitar textures. Building on melancholic arpeggio patterns, ‘Wreck’ unfolds in intensifying sequences, crescendoing in a raging wall-of-sound that engulfs the song in a billowing cloud of guitars.
The History Of Colour TV was founded in Berlin in 2010 by British artist Jaike Stambach, initially conceived as a solo multimedia project involving noisy hypnotic output through audio, video and soundtrack offerings. Over the course of two albums and multiple EPs, released through Bruit Blanc and Saint Marie Records, the band has been unabashedly diverse in their approach, exploring harsh noise, sound collages and reverb-saturated dreampop, to the stripped-down rock of their more recent offerings. They also toured extensively while establishing their notable presence within the Berlin music scene. The current lineup also includes Markus Mocydlarz and Janek Sprachta
While the more organic approach taken for the band’s second widely acclaimed album ‘Shapes Of Spilt Blood Spelt Love’ largely stripped of the electronic attributes of the band’s debut album ‘Emerald Cures Chic Ills’ to present a spacious mix of strategically sparse layers of guitars, minimalist rhythmic patterns and bass-heavy riffs, the forthcoming album ‘Something Like Eternity’ is an album of sparse, immediate performances captured live in studio. The room seemingly reverberates to a wide dynamic range of sonic tapestries ranging from fleeting moments of near-silence to elongated passages of guitar meltdowns, loaded with emotion.
Though enigmatic, ‘Wreck’ recounts the story of a group-friendship tarnished by disaffection and apathy. As a member of this group, the narrator describes feelings of helplessness by the members’ own inability to positively change the situation. A list of surreal descriptions ensues, and the lyrics imply that the friends suffer a serious car crash. Although their fate remains unclear, the narrator seemingly becomes all-seeing and is left to contemplate the aftermath and randomness of an event that nullified any potential for reconciliation within the group.
‘Wreck’ will be released digitally on November 25. Their album ‘Something Like Eternity’ will be released in early 2017 via French label Cranes Records and the band’s own imprint Weird Books.
1. Wreck – 05:47
2. August Twenty First – 05:47
‘Wreck’ recorded by Peter Deimel, March 9th 2016 at Black Box Recording Studio
Mastered by Peter Deimel & David Odlum
August Twenty First recorded & mastered by E_S_D
All music and lyrics by The History Of Colour TV
Photography by Jaike