Watercolour Ghosts
Watercolour Ghosts
(Self-Released)

With all of the apparent Toolisms that have been coming out of Australia as of late, it’s a wonder as to why Maynard and the boys haven’t decided to sue the entire country for copyright infringment. But seeing as that vineyard seems to be profiting as well as the income from his latest project Puscifer, I don’t see him crying for money anytime soon. In any case, he should at least be a bit happy to see the kind of music that he pioneered back in the nineties continuing to proliferate in some form or another. Though just to be fair, I would say that these guys in particular have more in common with acts like A Perfect Circle, Ashes Divide and Chevelle than they do with Tool. A much lighter form of art rock is utilized here, one that is heavily melodious and is greatly accetuated by the vocal approach, which I’d find quite pelasing to the ear and extremely Maynard friendly. The man’s voice sounds like that of a cool ocean wave, or a tall glass of lemonade, and it comes in front of what might be some of the most soothing hard rock tracks that I think I’ve heard since the early days of A Perfect Circle. This Self-Titled disc is relatively short, but it’s definitely going to be just enough to get the band noticed. We’re given five tracks here, all of them encroaching upon the four or five minute mark with nothing absurdly long, even though the atmospheric nature of such a band could certainly channel into something of a larger scale on a future effort. Watercolour Ghosts seem to be the kind of band that you wouldn’t mind hearing a long song from, as the entire record sounds like one cohesive piece that needs to be absorbed in one go. But that’s no problem, as it is a short offering and even if it wasn’t, you’d still want to give it time. There’s definitely a sense of raw energy to this performance and it feels like a band still getting it’s wings. I feel that the disc sort of ends just as it begins, with a notable mention in “Solipsism” and then just a short acoustic of opener “Like Animals” after that. But even so, there’s just enough here to show that these Aussies have the formula down and I’m pretty sure it’ll only be a few more months before they roll out a disc that’s truly worthy of a standing ovation. But right now, I feel as though they’re still testing the waters. (Eric May)

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