Past Summer Notes by When Colors Are Fading: Album Review
Instrumental post-rock/ambient shoegaze project When Colors Are Fading’s debut album Past Summer Notes is a soundtrack for nostalgic memories.
Matthieu Sachs’s solo instrumental project When Colors Are Fading takes its listeners on a journey through beautiful nostalgic memories with the debut album Past Summer Notes. As the name suggests, this album is all about past events that evoke nostalgia. This emotional melancholic album is inspired by movie soundtracks and just like a movie soundtrack it takes the mind to a different time and place. To quote the artist, “The songs are meant to let the mind wander to another place and time. I used vintage guitar effects to bring a vintage feeling to the music. The song Further away, with its bottleneck guitar has a slight ‘country’ vibe that aims to evoke a road trip scenery, through deserts roads and wilderness. The song Distant Laughters evokes simple beautiful moments, like the laughters you could hear in a distant fun fair, getting more and more distant with the passing of time.”
Recorded at the artist’s home studio, this is a wonderful example of how one can create a beautiful album with just guitars, a keyboard, and perhaps a piano. The airy keyboard and the guitar are so captivating one does not even notice the absence of drums. The songs evoke nostalgia by creating a dreamlike atmosphere. If you like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, God Is an Astronaut or Mogwai, you should really give When Colors Are Fading a listen. As the artist is in the process of recording a second album, we at Illustrate Magazine are eagerly looking forward to what he has for us next.
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Review by: Gabe Finch