Lone
Everything Is Changing Colour


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kevin K USER (56 Reviews)
May 8th, 2011 | 17 replies | 6,229 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything IS changing colour, dammit!

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Waiting in his parents’ car as a wee Nottingham lad, curious little Matt Cutler found some cassettes lying around the dashboard and decided to play them in the car stereo. He was amused by what he heard: the cassettes were warped and ruined from sitting out exposed to the sun, and while they still played fine, they certainly sounded different from any music his parents ever played before. This glorious youthful discovery and his adoration of Scottish IDM duo Boards of Canada watered the soils that would later sprout his underground musical career as Lone. If you listen to his work today, Lone probably doesn’t sound like the same person inspired by sun-baked tapes, and you may even be missing his influential Lemurian tracks, but nostalgic tones and skewed pitches are still naively the leading light for Everything is Changing Colour. It’s quite different from anything he’s done afterwards, but his debut is just as mystical and entrancing as the rest of his discography.

You ever see chocolate milk that hasn’t been stirred all the way? That’s Everything is Changing Colour, a melting pot that hasn’t been fully blended into what’s now Cutler’s definitive sound. In other words, his assorted influences are pretty obvious, especially that of Boards of Canada. “My Eye” sounds like a jazzy ballad straight out of The Campfire Headphase, and “Proper Vivid” even borders Chris Clark territory. Faint melancholy and darkness fills the album’s edges, something quite foreign to his upbeat 90’s rave stylings of today. “Missing Persons” and “A Quadruple Sky” show that Cutler is well-rounded with darker elements, and along with “Number Station” and “Drifting off Too Far”, can use somber interludes effectively to create an eerie chill-out atmosphere. Some of the more upbeat tunes and trip-hop devices Cutler later utilizes are found here too, meaning this isn’t all unfamiliar territory for Lone fans.

Because of a lesser-defined identity, Everything is Changing Colour borders “demo” territory as an album, but it’s also unsurprisingly due to raw production. Glittery synthesizers make up the melodies, and nice & scratchy hip-hop beats give off an old-school sense of percussion. Brilliantly catchy and melodic synths open the album with the breezy “Dueling Auroras”, then buzz around ominously across “Summer by Summer”’s rattling beats. There’s intentional fuzz across most of the album, and while it’s not directly a result of budget production, it still occasionally scuffs things up. “Pure White Light” and “Dueling Auroras” gradually build up into harshness and cacophony, the great melodies nearly suffocating underneath the fuzz. In the case of “A Quadruple Sky”, the production tends to blend samples together in a way that simply would have sounded more fluent less fuzzy. It benefits “Proper Vivid” and “Summer by Summer”, whose coarseness actually makes the songs sound cooler, and gives “Light from the Heart Nebula” a Boards of Canada-type hostility that makes up some of the album’s darker charisma. Across the whole album, it’s a stark contrast from the crystal-clear elation Cutler spews out now, which makes the album stand out a bit.

Lone’s psychedelic flare is present, and though it hasn’t quite peaked yet, it’s definitely part of the attraction here. The dreaminess feels less inspired by drugs and more evoked by the simple intricacies of life’s fleeting graces. “My Eye” captures the essence of nighttime strolling or ball dancing with pleasantly swaying beats and easygoing, fluffy synths. Some of the gloomier music box/piano interludes prove to be remorseful and a bit twisted, though through their simplicity reminds one of a childhood sadness. “Midnight Feast” isn’t quite danceable like a club song, but instills a retro “nothing can go wrong, I feel great” sensation that lifts the listener up into a perky, if slightly robotic, mood. Others like “Drifting off Too Far” and “Time Was A Spiral” are simply precursors to Cutler’s Lemurian/Ecstasy & Friends-era psychedelia. The overall mood interestingly matches up to Lemurian’s sunrise euphoria as a pensive, “small-hours” nighttime album.

For the most part, songs are quite slow and even a bit murky. Climaxes usually appear in the form of shifting melodies or accumulating fuzz, and for better or worse, keep the dynamism of each track relatively controlled. Basically, songs are slow-paced and slightly static, which can bore some but ultimately makes the album more relaxing even in places where it’s not expected. Occasionally there are songs that drag in this case (“My Eye”,”Midnight Feast”), but getting immersed in the album’s magic is easy to do and makes some of the longer, slightly repetitive songs less of a chore. Repetition is really nothing to complain about as this is probably one of Lone’s most variable records overall. Assorted feelings of pensive leisure and daydreaming take center stage here like ensuing Lone releases, though relaxing haze and comforting darkness tie together making Everything is Changing Colour a cohesive and eclectic debut.



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WashboardSuds
May 8th 2011



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

great stuff guys, check this out if you haven't yet, especially if you love Matt Cutler. it's just as good as his other stuff IMO

Digging: Acid Bath - When the Kite String Pops

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2011



6923 Comments


Another great washboard review. Neg. Jokes ; )




Pos.

WashboardSuds
May 8th 2011



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

'sokay I go around negging reviews I think are great too

thanks Ipod

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2011



6923 Comments


That explains a couple of mine then.

wabbit
May 8th 2011



6977 Comments


oh cool I loved their release last year shall check this out. thanks bro

solid review too

WashboardSuds
May 8th 2011



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

its pretty different from Emerald Fantasy Tracks but still excellent stuff

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2011



30865 Comments


Tracklist plz

Album's really good but not great

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

WashboardSuds
May 8th 2011



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I put up the tracklist twice, not sure why its not showing up

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2011



6923 Comments


Try putting them up with another computer.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2011



30865 Comments


Needs to be approved, hold up I'll do it

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2011



30865 Comments


Done

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2011



6923 Comments


Wish i new my way round this site like that

WashboardSuds
May 9th 2011



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks Dev.
did you like the review?

MaskAtTheMasquerade
May 9th 2011



2887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck yeah, so glad you reviewed this dude. This is the only Lone album i've neglected but it's really growing on me now that i'm giving it some time

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2011



6923 Comments


This does not sound like my thing suds

WashboardSuds
May 9th 2011



4981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Mask: yeah same here, its just not as prominent as something like Lemurian and EFT. It's been rapidly growing on me though and now think this deserves attention like his other releases too

Ipod: I didn't think you'd be into this lol. you don't really seem like the electronica type

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011



6923 Comments


Lol Suds, what gave that away?



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