After the release of the Chicago, IL-based psych rock band Secret Colours heir debut self-titled effort and their sophomore effort, Peach, the band went through a massive reshuffling of their lineup within a relatively short period of time that had the left two of the original lineup’s sextet — founding members, Tommy Evans (vocals, guitar) and Justin Frederick (drums).
After recruiting Eric Hehr (bass) and Mike Novak (drums), the band has gone through a noticeable change in sonic direction — inspired partially by an increasing reliance on capturing their live sound, and partially out of necessity. After all, with fewer members, you have to re-think how you fill up musical space and the most common responses for bands in that situation is either to strip the most excessive parts of their sound away or they become playfully inventive, finding ways to be more complex and nuanced with less.
And on Secret Colours’ recently released Positive Distractions 1 and the forthcoming Positive Distractions 2, the band went towards the direction of being more playfully inventive, finding ways to craft a sound that’s always psychedelic but nuanced and complex. “Into You,” the latest single off Positive Distractions 2 (which will be released at the end of this month), is probably one of the more complex songs i’ve heard from the either release, and yet there are things that are incredibly consistent between both EPs — Hehr’s incredibly taut bass lines; bright, staccato bursts of organ; Evans falsetto vocals that sing lyrics that revolve around the complexity of human relationships. However, “Into You“‘s base line is much more sinuous and seductive, and the track sounds as though it owes a debt to the Talking Heads — thanks to bursts of percussion that seem to come out of nowhere. And interestingly, the song feels as though it morphs into several different songs tied together through that bass line. it’s trippy as hell and yet perhaps for the first time, the band’s first really danceable song.
The official video is a bit of 60s tinged psychedelia, thanks to the use of kaleidoscopic lenses, fadeaways, as well as young attractive couples dancing and hooking up in a Warhol-era Factory loft or TV studio, as a band plays in front of projections and other effects. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Granted, it’s trippy as hell.