Originally published in the OCCC Pioneer on October 3rd, 2008.


If their name didn’t make it completely apparent, color is an important factor to Stillwater band Colourmusic.

Lead singer Roy Biv claims to be a descendent of Isaac Newton and writes songs based on Newton’s Theory of Color. Biv also claims to have a rare disorder called sythenasia in which he sees music visually in the form of colors. Whether any of that is true is irrelevant, as it has clearly had a huge impact on the band’s identity.

A great deal of hype has been built up around the band as of late, thanks in no small part to the band’s involvement with the Flaming Lips’ management company, World’s Fair.

That involvement has not only gotten the band opening slots for the Flaming Lips, but also for other World’s Fair bands like British Sea Power. World’s Fair and Great Society Records have just released Colourmusic’s debut full-length recording, “f, monday, orange, february, lunatic, 1 or 13.”

The album is filled with chant-like choruses and a strong Brit-pop vibe. It’s all very light-hearted, catchy and fun. But it’s also quite repetitive. Many of the songs sound alike, and after a few listens, the album’s shallowness is apparent.

Those familiar with the band will already know a number of these songs. The majority of the songs featured on the album have been released on their previous “Red” and “Yellow” EPs. Though these songs have been re-recorded, they still sound much the same.

“F, monday, orange, february, lunatic, 1 or 13” is a fun ride while it lasts, but it doesn’t really give the listener much reason to revisit it.