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Basement – Colourmeinkindness

Becci Stanley

Triangle

The announcement that cult wonders Basement would be splitting after their final shows in England shocked many with tickets to their last show selling out in under five minutes. Yet through the gloom came the announcement of final album Colourmeinkindness to ease the sudden blow. Because of this shock announcement there was a lot riding on Colourmeinkindness to live up to the brilliance of debut full length I Wish I Could Stay Here, and fans will not be disappointed as Colourmeinkindness appears to be the bands finest achievement to date.

Opening song Whole starts with gritty twangs from a guitar and lone piercing drum sticks smacking precisely off each other before hurtling into a full throttle assault of guitars, bass and drums in a force not previously exhibited, reminiscent of punk crossed with forgotten 90s emo bands. Andrew Fisher’s vocals are harsh, rasping yet powerful and carry the song to more hardcore, edgy heights giving an overall grungy feel to the album; a new direction for the band and a demonstration of the wide array of styles this band can cover. The song switches and changes throughout from this, to sudden lone intricate guitar medleys with fast, almost dizzying drum beats too quick to comprehend, leaving the ears yearning for more.

Covet slows the album right down with Fisher’s voice now melodic and deep, a slightly ethereal feel with the slow dirge of instruments predominantly whining guitars behind with a slight echo. it has the effect of destabilising the listeners pre-conceived opinions and expectations of this band before reaching a slow crescendo of screeching instruments and yelling vocals, thrusting the song deep into your mind. Pine does this better than any other song on the album bearing its soul for all to feel lyrically, surrounded by a haunting guitar intro and slowed down, almost summery medleys of instruments throughout. This song is thoroughly melodic utterly infectious and almost summery…with a darker edge. Fisher yelps “I’m a liar, I’m a fake/open up your trust/let me throw your heart away” and “I need you to want me/ I hate myself but that’s okay”, a self-reflection almost painful to listen to but relatable to many and juxtaposing almost uncomfortably but beautifully feelings of such hate with such clean and perfected instrumentals.

Personal favourite track Breath encapsulates Basement at their finest and showcases all the styles they are capable off. It starts slow and driving gradually allowing more and more instruments into the mix before reaching an anti-climax when Fisher’s slow, almost monotone vocals join into the mix leaving the listener anticipating the eventual climax to come. They are left hanging for a long time as the song gradually rises then falls straight back into its slow and controlled rhythm with slight additions and omissions each time. It eventually reaches a clashing and thrashing climax, of which I can expect no listener can remain still whatsoever. Still, it slows down into the calm demonstrated before the storm, highlighting the drawn out style of some of their pop-punk and indie influences along with showing how controlled and musically mature the band have became.

Overall this album is a masterpiece. It will leave you craving more and more off the band, a wish that sadly will never be fulfilled, though it is touching the band will leave their respected music scene with such a bang. A bang hanging off such an impressive release that they should be incredibly proud of.

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