Secret Colours

Secret Colours Music, 2013

REVIEW BY: Vish Iyer


If there is one thing that indie bands are known for, it is their coyness and their timidity. If this reticence doesn’t show in their personalities, it shows in their music, one way or other, and has almost sometimes become a defining characteristic of such bands. But with this Chicago-based music collective, things are a bit different. Shyness is not in this group’s vocabulary, at least in their music. On this sophomore release, there is so much swagger in the music that it practically struts. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Peach is unabashed and unapologetically sexy. It likes showing off, and in all honesty, has all the traits to easily be the center of attention of one’s music collection.

The arrogance of this collective (led by its two core members Tommy Evans and Justin Frederick) starts with the spelling of its name itself. But as a group that makes no bones about their Britpop bloodlines, there is nothing that says “American” about their music. Using the music of the ‘60s psychedelic movement as a foundation, Secret Colours explores the different sounds that came out of the British music scene from the’90s. The result is glamorous retro fuzzy pop music driven by some seriously amazing songwriting and musicianship. Hints of bands like Kula Shaker, The Jesus And Mary Chain, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are abound on Peach.

More than anything, Peach has more of a retro feel than the somewhat diluted version of the ‘60s in the Brit pop era. It sometimes feels that the band does not want to be transported to a particular time period; on the contrary, it is as if that the band actually believes that it is indeed from that time period. That’s the level of self-assuredness of the group, and it shows in their music. However, this album does have a sound that is totally fresh. It sounds like an album from the present times, not from the ‘90s or the ‘60s. The band very much owns its unique sound: a sound that their members are unequivocally proud of. And why shouldn’t they be?

Rating: A

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