Reviewed – James Humphreys – Color

Rating – 4/5

Colour is the newest single from James Humphreys upcoming EP Memory Place, which lands on the 10th June 2020.

It’s the follow up to his 2017 release Sun Mantra and the intervening three years have taken him to the Albert Hall, Glastonbury and then a cruise ship? Time on the waves has given James the time to write so here we are with Colour.

It’s a single of mixed emotions. It’s bright, light and breezy. Vocally and musically it’s absolutely poppy and upbeat and perfect for a summer’s day. The lyrics though have a bit more depth to them and therefore provide the indie soul to what would otherwise be a pop endeavour.

The subject matter highlights the mystery and confusion of a person who insists on putting on a face that’s not them, despite knowing them far too well for that to ever really work. The color of the words they speak doesn’t meet with the person that’s really saying them. It’s a familiar refrain in a world where everything seems to hang on how a person is perceived, even, crucially here, when the perception is coming from those that should know them best.

Musically it’s not a standard humdrum summer radio hit either. Funky strings and light but jaunty drum beat start it off and simplifies and clears before the vocal when it starts. It’s a nice texture that highlights the vocals showing that they are something to listen to rather than some meaningless refrain or hook. The brass beat that takes over in the second half is refreshing and takes it out of the more introspective vibe in the first half of the song and gives it a real note of character.

It’s as if the conclusions drawn throughout the exploration in the lyrics is rewarded by a less restrained and more fulfilling celebration. Or it’s just a cool way to round out the track. Either way, it’s an enjoyable listen that you can just throw on and enjoy the sunshine but also something that you can actually engage with when you pay attention lyrically.

As is becoming a refrain if this single is indicative of the rest of the EP it’s certainly one to watch out for.

Review by James Clinch

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