Congratulations on making it through another week and finding yourself right back at your Tuesday home base, Steal This Track, for your weekly dose of Colorado music downloads, free of both charge and guilt.
Today, we bring you a track from progressive instrumental rocker Zach Martin, a.k.a. Technicolor Skies.
Technicolor Skies first grabbed Denver’s attention with a 2008 self-titled and self-released album. On the record’s 11 tracks, Zach Martin created densely layered soundtracks — composed of both electronic and organic sounds — over which reverbed-out guitars scintillated, wailed and soared. While “Technicolor Skies” could lazily be lumped into the post-rock category, the balance of atmospherics and aggression caused the record to stand out from the more insipid releases in the genre.
In the two years since that album, Martin — who does all writing, performing, mixing, mastering, recording, artwork and marketing himself — has continued to evolve as an artist. As guitarist for arena electro rockers Astra Moveo, he’s able to get his rock star on and his aggression out. Perhaps because of this, the music on his forthcoming second effort, “Distance,” heads in a very different direction. The electronics and dense layers are still there, but the soaring rock guitars have been all-but-replaced by compelling beats that would at home in headphones or on the dance floor.
Once again, Martin maintains a balance between laid-back ambience and aggressive energy, but this time, there’s a darker and more paranoid edge to the music. The lazy categorization in this case might be IDM (intelligent dance music), but as before, Technicolor Skies goes beyond the confines of a genre to create a sound that should make Denver music lovers sit up and take notice. Steal “Alive Again” and let us know if we’re wrong about that.
Technicolor Skies | Alive Again (right click to save to your computer)
If you’re still hungry for more from Technicolor Skies, note that Martin is streaming each track from “Distance” as it’s completed on his LastFM profile. Keep on stealing!
Look for live dates from Technicolor Skies to start popping up on Gigbot in October.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
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