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British/Dutch trio Cubicolor share brand new single ‘Easy Mark’ - taken from their forthcoming album ‘Sometime Not Now’ (out October 28) - available on all streaming platforms via Anjunadeep.
Three-piece electronic band - AKA Tim Digby-Bell, Peter Kriek and Ariaan Olieroock - are armed with their most accomplished record to date, ‘Sometime Not Now’. Created in response to an album they previously scrapped, it took the pandemic of 2020 to reignite their desire to bring those tracks back to life and inject magic into them. The band add: “It wasn't the right time in 2019 for these songs. But it is now.” With enough time lapsed, they were able to come back to the tracks with fresh minds and saw new opportunities as technology developed and the world changed. “When we decided to drop a whole album, it felt like a relief on the one hand but also like admitting defeat on the other hand. We just couldn't push that train up that hill at that point in time, and that was very frustrating. A lot of doubt and confusion crept in as well because of this. But sometimes you just need to give something time. When we picked the tracks up again in 2020, the doubt and confusion had evaporated. Instead of road blocks we saw opportunities.”
The 12-track body of work is filled with introspection, self-reflection and critical thinking, whilst being bold and expansive on a musical level. They create warm dreamy soundscapes that take the listener on an beguiling odyssey through the spectrum of the electronic sphere, at once emotive and downbeat, the next uplifting and euphoric. An album containing gems that the band have sat on for a long time, the follow-up track to the previously released ‘Summer & Smoke’ and ‘Cowboy’ is another masterclass in emotional dance music production.
The latest release, ‘Easy Mark’, steadily builds with delicate vocals to create that distinctive gently evolving Cubicolor sound. With the hugely respected Richard Spaven on drums, he brings a fresh approach to the instrumentation that adds texture and elevates the track to the next level. ‘Easy Mark’ will be accompanied by a video animation produced by Wide Eyed Studios.
A powerful sense of cohesion is at the very core of Cubicolor, with each member of the group bringing equal measures of musical knowledge. Previously known as 16BL, a hugely accomplished act in the house and techno world throughout the 2000s, Ariaan and Peter had been performing and writing together since their early 20s. Meanwhile, Tim comes from an equally intriguing background as a poet and a playwright. Taking inspiration from philosophy, astronomy, history, the arts and culture, the artists continue to develop their sound, as Peter comments: “As an artist you have to try to create a really big swimming pool of inspiration to swim around in.”
Boasting over 70m streams across their first two albums ‘Brainsugar’ and ‘Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night’, they have received plaudits across the spectrum of the music media - including The Independent, Clash Magazine and Line of Best Fit - as well as support from fellow music makers RÜFÜS DU SOL, Tale Of Us, Dixon and Diplo to name a few. Having produced countless tracks over the years with no sign of slowing down, the trio now gear towards their brand new record ‘Sometime Not Now’ on October 28.