Colorama – Some Things Just Take time
This is the first album release from Colorama since 2014’s ‘Temari’ and comprises of 11 tracks recorded at various times over the past 10 years which for various reasons didn’t make the final cut. Despite the time span there is a remarkable continuity to the album and it easily passes as though it had been recorded as one project. The album is acoustic with mostly live studio performances with seemingly little or no post production, overdubs or studio trickery. Thanks for this is due to Edwyn Collins and Liam Watson who produced most of the album and who between them have created a very natural and warm analogue sound.
The album begins with ‘Halcyon Days’ a song Carwyn wrote nearly 20 years ago following a visit to Memphis. This sets the tone for the album with its quiet reflection and a stripped back arrangement which allows the melody to soar and captivate. “But of course” has echoes of Harry Nilsson with its respectful homage to artists such as the Ink Spots and Bing Crosby and “Special Way” is aptly described as a musical pick me up featuring pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole who has recorded with likes of Scott Walker and Sting who described him as the “best pedal steel player in the world”. The stand out song is “In your memory”. Written in the form of a letter from a trapped miner to his sweetheart the song is remarkable and deeply moving.
‘Some Things Just Take time’ is a beguiling album of wistful reflection and confirms Carwyn Ellis as one of Wales’ leading song writers.