Technicolor Hearts: “Pretty”
Austin experimental duo Technicolor Hearts certainly have a flair for stagecraft. Just check out the photos Brooklyn Vegan Austin posted of the band’s Free Week performance at the Mohawk. But beyond the dress-up, the Technicolor Hearts are a group with a knack for creating sparse, moody soundscapes.
Technicolor Hearts is Naomi Cherie and Joseph Salazar. Cherie is a classically-trained violinist who’s worked with the groups Agent Ribbons, Southern Drama and Mariachi De Los Gallos. She also lent her bow to the Scottish pop group Camera Obscura’s 2009 US tour. Her musical partner Salazar is a multi-instrumentalist that holds down guitar, bass, synths and the drum-machine for the Technicolor Hearts. He was in the experimental electronic group Death is Not A Joyride. The two came together in late 2010, and this past November the group released their debut record Corpus Christi EP.
Today’s song of the day “Pretty” closes the three-song mini record. The song burns slow like an indie rock torch song. There’s a strange dichotomy at work on “Pretty.” The song at once strikes a mournful tone, but like the sun peeking out through the clouds, there’s hope in there as well. Cherie’s expressive, enigmatic vocals are enticing. It’s not a song that you just listen to, you have to let it wash over you.
And you’ll get a chance to let the sound of the Technicolor Hearts wash over you this Thursday when Cherie and Salazar play the Mohawk along with The Calm Blue Sea, Marmalakes, The Sour Notes and more.