Release Date: Nov 6, 2015
Record label: Bataille
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock
Having not released anything for a decade, Parisian producer Marc Nguyen Tan aka Colder, slowly reemerged earlier this year, bringing with him a taster of what was to come. Many Colours is his first LP since 2005’s Heat, which was an album which flew so far under the radar, I’d no idea of its existence until last year, when a chance meeting with DiS’ own editor was soundtracked by something from it. Tan debut, 2003’s Again, was and still is a firm favourite of mine combining atonal new wave bass lines with even more atonal new wave synth lines, but compacting all that down into a very listenable, and dare I say it, catchy, little record.
In the music world, tastes and styles change considerably over the course of a decade. In the continuously evolving electronic scene, production that once seemed fresh and inspired can abruptly sound outdated with the advent of new technology and modified trends. In the case of Colder, the sonic brainchild of French producer Marc Nguyen Tan, it’s been ten years since the release of 2005’s Heat.
Over the last decade or so, Frenchman Marc Nguyen Tan has been slowly building up a repertoire of moody but melodious cold wave-influenced electro. He returns, after a quiet period, with a collection that perhaps hopes to be a little darker than the pretty and often stylish – if frosty and sometimes rather barren – tunes will allow. The fidgety, glitchy rhythm of Another Year slips and slides underneath Tan’s portentous voice and slowly pulsing synths.