On their Facebook page, Boston indie-rock group The Colonnade lists their interests as “Being Sad.”
Lead guitarist Jordan Rich’s description of their music? “Nostalgic, angsty, monochromatic, jangly, fall music for all the sadboys and sadgirls everywhere.”
It’s a sad, sad, sad, sad world. And The Colonnade is here to help you through it.
Releasing their album, Femme, in three installments, Sound of Boston is pleased to premiere the second batch of songs from indie-rock group The Colonnade, titled “Deuxième Moment,” meaning literally “Second Moment.” The band premiered the first installment a month ago on Vanyaland.
Each of the three sections of the album is led by a short interlude—a “moment,” as the band’s calling them—as well as an accompanying video, showing a glimpse of the main character of the section.
The Colonnade gave us a preview of part two of the album when they published their promo video last Friday. Rich explained the purpose behind these videos:
We wanted the videos to represent the small, random, and seemingly insignificant moments and interactions that happen every day but end up holding some kind of emotional significance to us. So far we’ve decided on a couple swing dancing in a courtyard and a sad bell boy witnessing some much sought after elevator love.
Femme may be a coming-of-age album that portrays people falling in and out of love, and while the motive behind the music originates from the challenges of growing up, the songs come fully formed. “Deuxième Moment” (the interlude) is a sultry 33 seconds of cocktail piano and soft horns you might expect to hear in the lounge of a posh hotel. A posh, sad hotel. The title track of the album, “Femme,” features a catchy vocal melody and driving percussion and is distinctly not a sad-sounding song. It makes you want to toss your tear-filled tub of ice cream out the window and dance around the kitchen table.
And “Saunter,” a song delivered at more of gallop, makes you think of any number of alt-rock bands from the early 2000s, Sean Camargo’s slightly-distorted vocals rising above crashing cymbals, sounding somewhat like Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill.
We can’t wait to hear the final four songs. In the meantime, you can pre-order the album here for just three bucks.
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