A Sudden Burst of Colour’s latest offering Galvanize, delves deep into atmospheric instrumental post-rock with 8 tracks rich in texture, emotion, and depth. Inspired by their hometown of Motherwell, Scotland, the album tributes and shares the steelworking community and its resilience.
The opening track, “Vertigo Season,” sets the tone with its hazy, ambient rock trance. Shimmering guitar riffs intertwine to create a captivating three-dimensional soundscape, while the pulsating drums ground the listener in a rhythmic journey through ethereal landscapes.
As the album progresses, tracks like “Threads of Time” invite introspection with contemplative melodies and layers of immersive sound. Rattling percussive effects engage us to the near and far in the composition, evoking a sense of timelessness and reflection. The music evolves gradually, building upon cascading ambiance to craft a swelling wall of sound that envelops us in its sonic embrace.
The final track, “Silencer,” mesmerizingly closes the album. It unfolds with sounds like slow water droplets plopping in a calm river. Whispers and silenced speaking sounds echo in the distance, adding an eerie yet captivating atmosphere to the music. The drums start to pulse from the bridge with a hypnotic rhythm. Long after the music has dissolved, a buzzing texture of background noise slowly brings us back to reality from the meditative ride.
A Sudden Burst of Colour proves to be an outfit with a deft hand at storytelling with the transcendent soundtracks in Galvanize. Produced, recorded, and mixed by band member Calum Farquharson, with contributions from Paul Winton and mastering by Eric Broyhill, Galvanize shows how pride in one’s roots reverberates into different senses.
Review By: Naomi Joan