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‘Ambivalence’ by A Sudden Burst of Colour

‘Ambivalence’ by A Sudden Burst of Colour

by Aidan Scott

tarting this review off, I must admit a love of instrumental rock and all its derivatives, so I will try to remain strictly unbiased when talking about the majesty of Motherwell’s A Sudden Burst Of Colour’s latest EP, Ambivalence.

I know that may not seem very professional, but it is, in my opinion at least, a suitable word to describe the record.

I’m writing this while I sit on a balcony overlooking the cliffs of Los Gigantes in Tenerife. I mention this because the record’s opening track, The Fall, will forever remind me of being here. It’s my own personal summer anthem.

I say that as someone who can’t be arsed with the seemingly endless conveyor belt of “summer tunes” from the likes of Calvin Harris, David Guetta and whomever else that made a fortune from the yearly dosage of generic dance music.

The Fall’s main guitar melody is one that I can imagine being sung by the crowd at festivals. It won’t have the same meaning for everyone and I doubt the band wrote it with a Tenerife holiday in mind, but nonetheless it is one that will stay with me.


The second track on the EP, Blind Obedience is no less powerful but for different reasons.

The opening section of the song reminded me of a tense scene in a thriller. Suddenly I placed it in the scene in Drive when Ryan Gosling, wearing that weird fucking mask, follows Ron Perlman to the coast before drowning him in the sea.

You’ll probably be wondering what the hell I’m talking about. But for me that is he beauty of instrumental music; each listener has their own feelings about what the song expresses, and I see this song as being at home on any movie soundtrack. It’s my favourite track on the EP.

The track is followed by the relatively laid-back The One You Feed – for me, the weakest song on the record, but still very much welcome on it. It serves as a welcome calming of the EP before preparing you for the big, powerful finish that is What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid.

This song is a towering crescendo of noise that represents a fine choice in closing the EP. It demonstrates that A Sudden Burst Of Colour are fully at ease with what they are doing and are capable of achieving – more so than they have already – even bigger things.

I for one am certainly looking forward to it. Oh! And the model on the cover of the album is not the bassist Calum.


A Sudden Burst of Colour release their brand new EP ‘Ambivalence’ via Good Grief Records at Nice N’ Sleazy, Glasgow this Friday 1st July 2016

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