Crooked Colours are a live electronic trio, creating music that has one foot in the indie world and one foot in a darker electronic realm. Comprised of Phil Slabber, Leon Debaughn and Liam Merrett-Park, their sound has often been compared to a combination of English indie-rock foursome Alt-J and US electronic duo Crystal Castles.
This week we sat down with the group to ask them about their latest, favorite tunes. Make sure to catch them with Running Touch, and Den-Mate @ Zone One at Elsewhere Thursday March 8th!
Which artist would you consider to be the sound of 2018?
Khalid definitely! His album is incredible. Every song is a masterpiece.
Other artists seem to be fond of creating reworks of your songs, is there a remix of one of your tracks that you particularly like?
Chiefs remix of ‘In Your Bones’ has always been my favourite. When Chiefs delivered the remix I was blown away. He completely put a different spin on the song but still kept the raw feeling of the track.
What is one song that makes you think of your hometown?
We live in Perth, Australia which is a dry hot city. It gets to like 1000 degrees in summer so everyone flocks to the beach to cool down. This track instantly takes me there.
Was there music that kept you going during the long, 18-month recording process of your debut album Vera?
Jamie XX’s record ‘In Colour’ had just been released when we first started writing the record. I still listen to it regularly it has such a good mix of moody ballads and floor-filling bangers.
Who is one of the biggest influences behind your textured, eclectic sound?
We have always been big fans of Alt-J. I think the way they approach songwriting and song structures is really unique and cool. I think that’s something we try to do is let the song do its own thing rather than sticking to the verse chorus structure.
Interview by Zuzanna Nowak