London-based band Colouring is making their way across the US on tour with The 1975 and their new single “Heathen” is something that is quick to win over new fans.
The song is incredibly rich, moody and memorable. It’s a song about believing — believing in love — and feeling as if you’re paralyzed.
The track is the first single to come from the band’s forthcoming EP due this summer and is a follow-up from their debut December EP Symmetry.
For the four-piece quartet, the song starts off beautifully symphonic and rich. Electronic drumbeats and piano riffs fill their sound as frontman Jack Kenworthy pleads, “Let me off / We can all mistake our heart / It’s hard enough / Oh, I’m tripping up in the dark.” Rich synths and strings begin to dominate the track as we’re given something incredibly rich and romantic.
“We’re Colouring and we’re from London,” Kenworthy said into the San Francisco crowd last Friday night at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. “It’s an absolute pleasure to be here.”
“You’ve been the best crowd we’ve played for this entire tour,” he later added.
Like their pals The 1975, Colouring seems to blend electronics and instruments well. With a voice that is almost Coldplay-like, there is a quiet restraint and patient build-up in their music that lets their music breathe — powerful and elegant, similar to The xx.
As Kenworthy begins to plead, “You don’t believe in love / Now I’m deeper / Because I believe in us,” you can feel the utter pain of belief. And their beautiful instrumentation adds to it.
With solid songs, synths and careful instrumentation, I can easily see how Colouring is on the rise. They signed to Interscope Records in 2015 and their radio-friendly song “About You” is an upbeat electronic hit that is also worth a listen.
Colouring's debut EP Symmetry is available on Amazon. Stay tuned for their forthcoming EP due this summer at www.colouringband.com and catch them on tour with The 1975.