ALBUM REVIEW - Standing in the Colour "Singularity"

Album Review by Torin Andersen Recorded/Mixed by Luke Wallace Album artwork by Mike Gangwere Release July 30, 2016

Album Review by Torin Andersen
Recorded/Mixed by Luke Wallace
Album artwork by Mike Gangwere
Release July 30, 2016

Sophomore release, Singularity by Standing in the Colour (SitC) opens with "The Swarm".  Literally a sound of swarming insects, the song breaks way to an anthemic build and goes straight into a heavy riff Isis (west coast post-metal band)  would've been proud to write.  The weight of "The Swarm" is consistent, less a few anxious moments of transition.

Singularity is the follow up to SitC's self-titled debut from 2013.  Now a three piece, less one guitarist, Mark Green has filled the space confidently without overdoing it. The second song, "Kinetic", is a testament to Mark's heavy approach with a bit of experimental whimsy.  Guitar panning effects and repeating melodic passages bring to mind Minus the Bear (Seattle indie rock), but without the high fructose infused pop arrangements.

"Radialis" takes an introverted turn. Something many post rock fans expect from an instrumental outfit touting strong structure and heavy ideas with a willingness to be vulnerable from time to time.  "Radialis" also highlights the electronic musical elements drummer Mike Gangwere often employs on Singularity.  Though half the song rings like rain dripping from your front porch awning at dusk, "Radialis" closes like a spring sunrise.

"Ferro" is a minute long reverse guitar segment that leads to our half way point on this ten song release. "Magnetize”, with it's thundering drums and quick tempo, ups the tension playing out like a late night car chase.  Guitar and bass race by like neon and brake lights in the driver's window as our antagonist makes their escape.

"Finite Matter" is a sci-fi soundscape that inspires otherworldly images fraught with post-apocalyptic dinge.  This sound segment is growling with a heavy low end.  Not so much a song but a motif that segways into the next track.

Following the low end theme established by "Finite Matter", bassist Erin Gangwere uses a bow to accentuate the intro to "Infinite Density".  Building to a guitar lead break at a minute in, "Infinite Density" is bouncy and repetitive.  With busy guitars and pounding drums, "Infinite Density" is a sprint that turns out to be the marathon track, coming in at 9 minutes of this 50 minute long release.

Splashing directly into "Twenty Five", it's these two songs that highlight the care SitC took in the studio to bring you Singularity.  Since their self produced and self recorded debut release, sound engineer and guitarist Ryan Green has since left the band requiring SitC to find another studio.  They turned to Red Cat in Peck, Kansas and the fidelity speaks for itself.

…...Sheesh guys, your song titles are so intense…….

"Quantum Entanglement", the last song before the album's namesake, is heavy and sprawling at the beginning and drones to an ethereal focus leading us to the Singularity.

SitC starts the album closer with a washy whisper, though "Singularity" doesn't take long before exercising some of SitC's more experimental songwriting.  Melodic exposition, extended chord structure, guitar experimentation, and dynamic fluctuation, "Singularity" incorporates all these elements expressed on the previous songs but they now coalesce on this singular performance.

Two years in the making and three since their last release, pick up Singularity by Standing in the Colour at their CD release party, July 30th at Barleycorn's in downtown Wichita or by visiting standinginthecolour.bandcamp.com