Drown This City - Colours We Won’t Know EP review

Drown This City
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DROWN THIS CITY
Colours We Won't Know
UNFD

By way of her rich, incandescent storytelling, Drown This City frontwoman Alex Reade seeks the beauty in darkness. It’s with this in mind that Colours We Won’t Know, the landmark new EP from the Melbournian metal warriors, truly clicks: at once ethereal and acerbic – halcyon and silvery, while steeped in raw, ravenous savagery – the record spends 20 mind-melting, boundary-breaking minutes freezing its listener in a trance. 

It’s a paradoxic onslaught of brutally distorted, downtuned riffs and concrete-shattering roars accented with angelic, soaring melodies over which Reade beams radiantly with a voice suited more for the opera than a mosh pit. Repeat listens are crucial to appreciate these layered and luminous soundscapes.

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Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Their bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (on which they also serve as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Their go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, they only picked up after they’d joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped them see the light…