In a world where indie music often skirts the fine line between melancholy and introspection, Colorworks strides confidently onto the scene, delivering a kaleidoscopic burst of positivity with their latest release, “Cleo From 5 to 7.” This track is a shining example of the Seattle-based quartet’s ability to capture the fun, energetic, and unabashedly happy feelings that lie at the core of their music. Colorworks, a psychedelic indie band founded by Bret Dylan in 2014, has crafted an unmistakable sound that merges meticulously crafted songwriting with a joyous atmosphere that’s as infectious as it is irresistible.
Harking back to the heyday of 70s psychedelia and the timeless appeal of the Beatles, “Cleo From 5 to 7” is a masterclass in how to channel nostalgia while adding a modern twist. This particular track, the second offering from their full-length album “Vuja De,” bursts forth with a vibrant, sweeping retro chorus that acts as a time machine, transporting listeners to a bygone era of sonic exploration. A subtle touch of Electric Light Orchestra’s orchestral grandeur adds layers of sonic depth, emphasizing the band’s penchant for crafting earworm hooks and lush harmonies.
The undeniable influence of the Beatles is felt not just in the sonic palette of Colorworks but also in their spirited live performances, reminiscent of the Fab Four’s energetic shows. Being a hard-gigging band from Seattle, a city steeped in rock history, Colorworks carries the torch of its musical forebears with pride. Their on-stage chemistry is palpable, as is their dedication to delivering tight, high-octane performances that leave audiences swaying and singing along.
The opening lyrics of “Cleo From 5 to 7” paint a vivid picture of urban escapism and the search for meaning within the whirlwind of daily life. “I’m trusting her to know the way through this town / Endless lines leave the underground / Cleo’s on the marquee as we flee to the awnings through the rain.” Here, Cleo becomes not just a name but a symbol of guidance through the chaos, much like the way Colorworks’ music offers a musical escape. The subsequent chorus lines, “I try to keep all the promises I make / I try to move but the going’s so hard / I try to do right but it takes this sense of Vu,” resonate with a universal struggle for authenticity and self-discovery. The verses plea to “stand your ground get swept away / Misunderstand all you can to become a better man” captures the essence of growth through experiences, mirroring the band’s own journey of artistic evolution.
In the vibrant world of Colorworks, “Cleo From 5 to 7” stands as a radiant gem, reflecting the band’s commitment to crafting music that channels positivity, while still holding onto the complexities of human emotion. With influences that span across eras and a sound that seamlessly blends retro and modern elements, Colorworks has proven that they are more than just a band; they are a testament to the enduring power of joy in music.
So, when the groovy chords of “Cleo From 5 to 7” start to play, let yourself be swept away by the infectious rhythm, the timeless melodies, and the sheer exuberance that Colorworks brings to the table. They invite you to join them on a journey through sound, where nostalgia and modernity collide in a burst of sonic sunshine.