Colored Emotions

Night Moves

Domino Records, 2013

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


I wonder if Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd have any idea that legions of indie artists are taking influence from their finest work. Minnesota's Night Moves is the latest up-and-coming outfit taking nods in those directions while still feeling like a contemporary indie band. Though they're not as jam band oriented as, say, My Morning Jacket, or as flashy as MGMT, Night Moves has spent years tweaking these songs in the studio to come up with this unique offering. Originally self-released and given away for free, after striking a chord with many ears, Domino Records picked up the release and the band went back to add some more muscle to these already flourishing songs. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The hazy disc opens with “Headlights,” and after a cosmic guitar squeal, the retro-pop seeps in with colorful sounds. “Cosmic Queen” comes out next and adds acoustic strumming and pianos to the otherwise loud psyche-rock. From there, things get even more interesting with the one-minute long folk song “In The Rounds,” which sounds like a campfire soundtrack where you're passing around hallucinogens. Meanwhile, the mysterious hooks and synth chorus of “Only A Child” show even more dimensions to the band's repertoire.

The sequence of tracks is vital to the overall impression here; the most accessible moment “Family Tongues,” complete with a sing-a-long chorus, is placed in the middle, while the more sonically textured tracks like “Put Out On Your Shoulder” and “Colored Emotions" are closer to the end. The eclectic genre skipping varies from “Horses” where they get comfortable with prog rock, though there are hints of country "Old Friends."

This Minneapolis trio is onto something great there. Their sometimes excessive use of reverb and pleasant blend of folk and psyche-rock puts their brand of indie rock firmly planted in the '70s, as frontman John Pelant's soaring, falsetto vocals complete the equation well. Colored Emotions is an excellent debut and it is no doubt a signal of even better things on the horizon.

Rating: B+

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