Brilliant Colors EPBrilliant Colors
"Brilliant Colors was top-of-the-pile Slumberland resurgence bands. They were one of the most solid 7â€ bands that I can remember, so a 12â€ containing their first two 7â€s makes total sense to me. The first side of this compilation is the really wonderful self-titled ep on the amazing Make A Mess Records (Rank/Xerox, Gun Outfit, Grass Widow, etc). Itâ€™s funny because I remember really digging the Make A Mess ep when it came out, but probably havenâ€™t listened to it in 3 or 4 years. The songs are definitely there, but it doesnâ€™t have the impact that the follow up 7â€ on Captured Tracks had. Actually, I take that back. I think that the first side of this compilation (the Make A Mess 7â€) sounds like a band trying to find their sound. Each song sounds a little bit like a different band, and this sometimes ends up being a turnoff for me. â€œIâ€™m Sixteenâ€ might be the most punk sounding song Brilliant Colors wrote.
The second side of this LP contains the two songs from the Captured Tracks single (â€œHighly Evolvedâ€ and â€œTakes So Littleâ€) as well as a bonus track (â€œI Start With Your Nameâ€). This single wasnâ€™t something that necessarily stuck with me, but when I listen to it now I totally understand why this band was so awesome. â€œHighly Evolvedâ€ is a beautiful song that could very well have been on the original Slumberland comps. Itâ€™s not too far off from Raincoats, but the harmonies are still a little bit more punk sounding. I think that when this came out, under the shadows of the Brooklyn-â€œgirlsâ€ bands, this probably just blended in. But after a few year break from the Vivâ€™s [Vivian Girls], I can safely say this record rips. Itâ€™s just sloppy and lazy enough to come off as punk, but just dreamy-sounding enough to be a solid genre release."
- Dollar Bin Rippers