Colder has announced his first album in nearly ten years, Many Colours, which is set to be released on 6th November. It follows the release of two tracks, Turn Your Back and Midnight Fever, earlier this year.
It’s abundantly clear from the opening strains of the title track that the lengthy absence since 2002 debut, Again, and 2005 successor, Heat, hasn’t diminished Marc Nygen Tan’s keen sense of mood and melody. In fact, as the remainder of Many Colours’ 10 mesmerising tracks attest, if anything the nine-year respite has given Tan a renewed sense of purpose and direction that reveals itself with a subtle beauty that resonates and endures. This is a mature work made by an artist of rare purity and insight, a man who makes music for the right reasons, or not at all.
Previously known for his trademark intense, sensual, almost apocalyptic compositions, Tan’s latest album won’t disappoint existing fans, though the layering runs deeper, the emotions more considered and the overall effect harder to evade, as if you would want to. When an artist disappears for such an extended period, expectation of their return is rightly weighed down by fear that they have lost their creative spark or that the motivation behind it is less than noble. With Many Colours, Colder has crafted the ideal antidote to such concerns, in the process producing one of the most compelling and original records in years, an album that continues the cycle begun in 2002 whilst taking the conversation in other, less familiar directions.
To get a sense of the style of his music then and the transition to the immense depth and maturity of Many Colours, it’s worth noting he studied cinema for several years, as well as his work in design for fashion and TV clients such as Kenzo, Paris Premiere, Cabane de Zucca and Arte. Colder’s music is cool. It is seductive yet unobtainable, intimate yet peculiarly disorienting. It resonates like Joy Division or LCD Soundsystem yet occupies its own space, taking the listener out of their comfort zone and into a world of unsettling feelings and sensations, each more tantalising than its predecessor.