Thanks to the inexplicable popularity of my Submit Music page, I always have a huge digital pile of indie albums and EPs awaiting my perusal. But at this time of year — after I’ve spent months consumed by the endless onslaught of major fall releases — the backlog becomes nothing short of insane. Thankfully, now that the holiday rush is finally over, I’ve got some time to play catch-up. Here’s a recent gem from the massive stack. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If so, I encourage you to support the artist by buying it from their Bandcamp page — and be sure to tell them I sent you. And if you’ve got something you want me to hear, send it my way. If I think you’re half as good as you think you are, I just might include you sometime.
HOME BASE: Washington, D.C.
GENRE: Dream Pop.
THE PRESS RELEASE: “Color Palette, led by principal songwriter/vocalist Jay Nemeyer, is an indie dream pop band from Washington, D.C. Color Palette creates lush auditory landscapes that feature shimmering, pop-sensible vocal and guitar melodies, and the band has shared the stage with world-renowned acts such as Charli XCX.”
TRACK BY TRACK: Clear Water Blue – dream pop escapism, influenced by artists like Bon Iver and James Blake. Sonically rich guitar and synthesizer soundscapes and falsetto vocals are prominent in this one. January – indie folk/alt folk, influenced by artists like Elliott Smith and Phoebe Bridgers. This one’s a ballad about falling in love as the pandemic hit. Shooting Stars – indie pop/rock, and the most upbeat song on the EP. The song, which relies heavily on a theme on nostalgia, includes a catchy chorus reminiscent of Middle Kids. Slow Motion – everyone loves a breakup song, yeah? Porcelain – if you are a fan of Slowdive and Cocteau Twins, you may enjoy this one. Wait for the huge, fuzzy drop around three minutes in.”
MY TWO CENTS: Whether gazing at the stars or at their shoes, these gorgeous, soaring tracks deliver soothing sounds for troubling times.