You wake up, face first in warm sand. The sound of the ocean swells behind you, and the breeze tousles your hair. A expansive jungle extends across the edge of the beach as far as the eye can see. The greenery is thick, but you spot and grasp a conveniently placed blade halfway buried in the sand. You begin slicing through the trees, and you do so until you can no longer. Your last swing of the blade reveals an empty city of transparent glass.
Weaving an album’s worth of songs into a seamless narrative is a visionary’s task, and this record is an example of an artist successfully grasping that template and creating something wonderful with it. The Colours of Life is the newest full-length from Canadian-born Mike Silver, also known as CFCF. Silver has composed a graceful, picturesque journey through lush, steadily evolving worlds of organic sound.
If you’re looking for something that you can fragmentize and consume in multiple, bite-size listenings, you may want to search elsewhere. This is one fluid orchestration, and begs to be absorbed as such. Silver has explicitly stated that the underlying inspiration for the record was Phil Collins’ “Hand In Hand,” a song built with a deceptively simple beat and rosy, sanguine tones. He expands those key elements into much, much more.
Not a word is spoken during these twelve songs, but vast emotions are conveyed in the looping melodies. The pace hangs at a tame 100 bpm, and a patiently-introduced, four-on-the-floor pulse serves as guide through landscapes of piled guitar, piano, saxophone, synths, and a myriad of world instruments. It’s a beautiful, uninterrupted adventure. If you’re seeking patiently-evolving aural landscapes, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)