Review: Colornoise – Polychronic

Colornoise are an experimental noise duo from Costa Rica; sharing stages with The Flaming Lips, Skrillex and Bjork, as well as causing a stir in Brazil and Canada. The Icelandic artist in particular must certainly approve of the invention of the female duo’s startling debut although the post-punk anger of these songs are more in keeping Savages or Warpaint.

Colornoise Album Cover

After ‘Button’ introduces their bluesy punk rock side, Sonya Carmona (on guitar and lead vocals) and drummer/backing vocalist Alison Alvarado begin to come into their own. Together they form an edgy and driving force for the excellent ‘In Trance’ and ‘Pieces’, creating double the aggression and thrill of their somewhat more calculated fellow female acts. ‘No Name’, thanks to some fabulous stick work from Alvarado, gives the command “don’t be a slave” and it’s clear the twosome are never likely to compromise themselves. With this in mind, for ‘The End’, the increasingly confident Carmona is a ghostly presence resembling Grace Slick in her 60’s pomp as the song works itself into a psychedelic frenzy.

Towards the conclusion of the record, the album gives way to the psychedelic meandering a little too much as the duo momentarily forget the hooks and incisive qualities which are a trademark on the remainder of the record. However, it’s still a gripping debut, kept under the thirty minute mark in true punk style. So even if ‘Polychronic’ may not come from the most likely of locations, its edginess and power means the group should be taken just as seriously as their contemporaries.

Web Sites:
Colornoise Bandcamp Page
Video for Colornoise – Button

Further Listening:
Savages, Warpaint

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