"If some day you found yourself at a Colaba Point Jam when we're not playing songs, what you'd hear would be something like Spring Time Blacks. Imagine four people playing unrehearsed music in a room and you stick one single microphone in that room. That's what it sounds like because that's what it is."
Well that is what you call a concise perspective straight from the horse's mouth. That's right, this my friends is a direct quote from the band that is "Colaba Point" on their latest E.P. 'Spring Time Blacks'. Ideally this review would start and stop right here as their quote perfectly defines the sound that you would find if you were to listen to the E.P, but alas my two cents must grab their spotlight so here goes.
Let us begin by introducing the conjurers of this three-track E.P. Cue Colaba Point, a 4 piece band from Mumbai who are highly adept at making uninhibited music via spontaneous jams. This is a quality that is very apparent in their two previous albums – “Colaba Point” (2011) and “Mildly Idyllic” (2012) – and I can say first hand that they pull it off with great pizzazz and feel. The jamming aspect of their music is something that has intrigued me from the first track of theirs that I heard which is called “60’s” from their 2011 album. It starts off with a nice upbeat guitar riff that plays for 20 seconds before dying down for 10 seconds, In which time you hear the members of the band discuss how it is indeed a really nice riff and that they should continue adding to it, making the element of spontaneity very clear. Being a fan of instrumental music I really enjoyed that, because it is a very genuine interpretation of their music. What you hear is what you would get even if you were to hear them live, bringing an honesty to their recorded material which is missing in todays age of layered and structured production.
Now we get to their E.P. “Spring Time Blacks” which released early April of this year. The tracks on this E.P. would look something like this if seen in order –
It’s a great release that sticks to the open jam mould of “Colaba Point” and coming back to the quote by the band it really does sounds like just four people playing unrehearsed music in a room to a single microphone (in a good way of course). The roominess of their jam space is immediately apparent in the first track itself “Rum Aging”, it starts off with an evolving guitar riff backed by groovy drums and random chatter among the band members. The track progresses adding more elements as well as changes in pace to the mix. The track ends with another conversation among band members about how they should leave judgement of their music to neutral listeners and concentrate purely on their own discipline and expression. It is a conversation that defines the creative process of Colaba Point as a band in my opinion. The other two tracks on the E.P. follow a similar blue print but in their own way. For example the track ‘2nd Floor’ evolves into a melody driven by a distorted guitar tone on a riff that strays from their usual Blues/Funk vibe to a more straight up rock lead which is very refreshing! Even the track ‘Signals’ has a slight chug to it and eventually lets a keyboard loose on the melody, ending with another short monologue about not taking yourselves too seriously, making the song structure intriguing enough to tap into a listener’s curiosity.
Albeit, the general sound in the E.P. is slightly different from what I am familiar with as far as ‘Colaba Point’ Goes, it just shows that when it comes to putting a raw creative process out there for all to hear there are few who do it better than Colaba Point. I shall end this review by saying that apart from enjoying the music on the E.P. one can only wonder if it is a representative for future melodic endeavors by the band. Only time will tell. We shall wait and anticipate.
Dated: 18 November, 2015 | read more »