North Elementary’s new LP, And Every Color You Have Ever Seen, opens with staccato guitar lines and words of encouragement and optimism: “I know you’re dreaming of something / well I don’t care what it is / as long as you’re dreaming of something.” I’m not great at interpreting (even hearing, really) lyrics, but I'd translate that as: DO something, MAKE art, MAKE the world a better place. It’s up to you!
…Color has lotsa psych-y vibes and straight-ahead power pop, and even swerves into southern rock territory at times. As in earlier albums, North Elementary’s music is laced with ‘80s Brit & ‘90s American indie (I hear Versus and Built to Spill this time ‘round, especially the latter in Dems Da Breaks). They pull all this diversity together into what is really a cohesive and non-derivative sound.
This collection makes for a really great (if a bit early) summer album, especially cuts like the jumpy Slippin’ Into the Sun and the stoner haze of Waste a Day. What the hell, start your summer early.
North Elementary celebrate this release with a great line-up at the Cat's Cradle Backroom, tonight, 4/7/14. The Wyrms, S.E. Ward, and Reflex Arc open.