Cupid’s Carnival – Color Blind
There is no shortage of British Invasion influenced bands. However, you won’t find one better than Cupid’s Carnival. Their first LP was one of the best power pop albums of 2016. Clapham Junction, released in 2018, gave us an early glimpse of what to expect next. And their latest album, Color Blind, is the best one yet.
While three songs from Clapham Junction found their way onto Color Blind, it’s the new tunes that clearly dominate here. Every song is worthy of being a single and each is catchier than the last – full of familiar elements and yet so refreshingly different.
The harmonies of the opening track, “Working All Day”, immediately sweep you in and the melody consumes you. Oh, those harmonies. The band completely had me from the opening piano of “Yesterday’s Gone” and the melody of the title track has taken up permanent residence in my psyche.
As great as the hooks and arrangements are, what separates Color Blind from the also-rans is the engaging arrangements and impeccable execution. Roland Skilton’s vocals are outstanding. Thomas Gray is a one man tour de force playing grand piano, dulcimer, mellotron, Rickenbacher 12 string and Ovation 12 string guitars throughout. The two worked tirelessly on harmonies and it shows. There were valuable contributions from a number of other very accomplished musicians making for a record that will resonate with anyone who digs great melodic pop-rock.
Color Blind will be a part of my playlist for a long, long time. To get your copy from Kool Kat Musik, CLICK HERE. You’d be crazy not to.
Fantastic album. Front to back!