Vasa - Colours (Self Released)

Sugary-sweet...
Release Date: 
16 Oct 2015 - 12:30am

Goodness! Vasa's debut Colours is like a small child hyped up on too much fizzy pop but there's also a strong sense of optimism to the album which is hard to dislike. The exceptionally jaunty opener Smashletes has lashings of proggy guitar runs over thick slabs of chord; indeed, the lead guitars are gorgeously twinkly and it slips into As Long As It Doesn't Explode with no effort whatsoever. Unfortunately by third track Fat Ronaldo, I'm getting a strong sense of deja vu, and there's an inherent 'same same' to the compositions - but that's only if you're not paying enough attention because there is certainly a diversity to each track, depsite the 'big chord, widddly-widdly' formula. Surely the back end of Fat Ronaldo had more than a whiff of the Stone Roses to it, though Vasa ceratinly don't come across as dark and moody as the former.

Check out Not A Cop; again it's got that vibe of a sugar-saturated toddler running about, knocking into tables and all manner of furniture but the sweet flavour isn't over-whelming - why, it's positively refreshing (particularly if you've been subjecting yourself to so much darker types of music of late). Said toddler has obviously been let loose on the cymbals as Punched comes into play as a brief two minute interlude of lazy drumming, twinkly synths/guitars and lashings of drum-kit brass. Then it's back into that 'big chord, widdly widdly' again with The Angry Dome. You then get another three or four tracks of similar stylings, which is no bad thing.

Not a bad album; maybe a bit more diversity in the song structures could help things along, but not a bad debut. Just be sure to drink plenty of water with all that sweet, sweet candy...