Deft texturing of an electronic soundscape; that’s a stylistic strong suit of the three-piece outfit, Cubicolor, and “Points Beyond” surfaces as the latest solidifying example of Cubicolor’s technique. The sleek anticipatory effort hails from Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night. The titularly equivocal LP is Cubicolor’s second studio album.
As “Points Beyond” evidences, Cubicolor won’t break their meticulously layered tradition on Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night. The single works like a well-oiled machine, all of its sonic constituents functioning in harmonious fashion to create an aural listening experience. Cubicolor stitch crisp chords, which melodically mount as time unfurls, with distorted, choral vocals. Metallic synths provide a shrill but not displeasing contrast to the smoothness that these two elements effect.
Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night is Cubicolor’s second stab at a sophomore album. In 2018, the group produced a full-length LP, complete with a title, artwork, a 12-song track list, and a formal release date. Then, the band abruptly abandoned the project.
We got home and listened to it, then called each other and decided to drop the whole thing. The next week, we went back into the studio and started again.
We loved the record we made but for some reason, it didn’t feel right, so we didn’t keep anything. We shut ourselves on the boat in Amsterdam where we work and didn’t stop until we’d written a new album.
Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night will merge motifs of love, hope, and acceptance in one cohesive, 12-cut production. The album is slated to release Anjunadeep on Feb. 21.
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