Boomkat Product Review:
After that art-melting 'Time is Away' set on its Fleetway Tapes sublabel, A Colourful Storm return with this companion piece of sorts, 'I Stumble And Then I Fall’ a 10 track set of “intimations” by 10 artists new to our ears. Trust that it’s another peerless selection of painterly, heartbreaking and wistfully downcast pop music of the most fragile and honest calibre.
Despite having its fingers in many stylistic pies, we now identify the A Colourful Storm label with a small but distinct wedge of our listening pile that doesn't really conform to any particular genre but which has this curious mood that’s entirely unique to our ears. We’re not really sure if everyone on this comp is Australian (or if they're a bunch of pseudonyms - we're pretty sure Laila Sakini is on here but, who knows) but the temptation is strong to once again mention just how much good music is coming outta the antipodean scene atm - from Jonnine, Lucy Van and Laila Sakini (aka Lucinda?) to CS + Kreme, HTRK, YL Hooi and Carla Dal Forno - we know we keep on going on about it - but they all possess a unique take on DIY pop that has somehow formed its own hazy but distinct identity in front of our ears over recent months and years.
The label describe this release as the first in a series of “Intimations” - “ glimpses of visions, fragments of fantasy, figments of imagination. Reveries of those preferring to remain in the shadows - and clues left from others hidden in plain view…” which basically means that rather than some faux trigger for compiling random tracks, there’s an unspoken imprerssionistic thread that runs through every piece on 'I Stumble And Then I Fall’ that will probably resonate differently with every listener but which will most likely evoke that heartsick mood to anyone spending time with it.
it’s testament to A Colourful Storm that they’ve managed to pull us out of our deep seated dislike of compilations for the first time this year, joining the ranks of only a handful of comps in recent years that have - to our mind - conjured something unique, inimitable - deep - through what feels like effortless curatorial skill. Suffice to say that if you’ve been obsessively listening to that 'Time is Away’ tape like we have, this is a gorgeous, special thing to file right next to it.