Jaike Stambach started The History of Colour TV as a conceptual audio-visual project back in 2010; however, after relocating to Berlin and releasing a string of cassette-only experimental EPs and videos, the project quickly evolved to a full band. And as a result, the project’s sound underwent a change in sonic direction as they began to incorporate dark dream pop, more abrasive electronic sounds and more of a traditional song format …

The band’s soon-to-be released sophomore full-length effort, When Shapes of Spilt Blood Spelt Love has the band voluntarily adhering to a stripped-down approach to production while retaining their debut effort’s dense sound. Employing the use of layers of synth, throbbing bass, guitars fed through layers of feedback and distortion and earnestly sung vocals, the band’s sound on their new album’s latest single “Split Blood” evokes a moody, slow-burning bit of shoegaze that somehow reminds me a little bit of  Thursday’s “Understanding (in A Car Crash)”– in tone and mood. 

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