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Long ago

by The Colour of Time

Electronic rock in the style of Joy Division, Ultravox, John Foxx, Goldfrapp, New Order, Neu and Faithless.
Genre: Electronic: Techno
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1. So Far Away
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2. Long Distant Call
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3. Night of Crystal
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4. A better Blue
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5. Colonades
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6. Half Life
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7. Message
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8. Seal of Dusk
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9. Bluer Skies
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10. Twilight
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11. Long Ago
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Album Notes
This is a hommage to artists such as John Foxx, Neu!, Ultravox, Human League.Faithless and Joy Division/New Order. The artists involved have created their very own feel and the music makes use of the full gamet of musical instruments from electric violins to modern day synthesizers. Although it may sound complicated, the album is very techno-punk, and makes use of limited facilities.

The personel involved come from 4 different countries (Ireland, England, Holland and Spain). Contributing very much of their own cultural styles. The central pivot of this project is the producer John Curry (England), whose production values can be compared to Martin Hannett (Joy Division, New Order), which isn't strange as he comes from the same region in the north of England. This album is dedicated to Hans Wijnen who sadly departed this vale of tears in march 2005.

The Colour of Time - Retro Melody Magic

Emerging from rich, melodic waves of synth washes & echo laden vocals the Colour of Time's signature sound is a cerebral, mood driven mixture of styles. The audible influence of Tangerine Dream, Cabaret Voltaire & early Ultravox blurs into shadowy reminiscence of Dead Can Dance defining a sound which falls somewhere between the early output of labels such as 4AD, ON-U Sound and Waxtrax.

Between 1998 & 2006 Jamie OCallaghan has embarked on a musical voyage embracing a legacy of electronic & classical influences ranging from Debussy to Kraftwerk. With a strong musical background rooted firmly in classical origins his first solo work came from a symphonic / progressive rock angle receiving accalim in the pages of dutch prog-rock magazine IO. Inspired to continue along similar lines Jamie enlisted the help of Hans Schepens and around 2001 The Colour of Time was formed in Eindhoven. An intitial 'Queen's Day' live performance was followed by their first recorded album 'Jazz, but not as we know it'. COT's next studio outing, 'Let the machine talk' maintained a progressive edge with a nod to the cold, mechanical rhythms of John Foxx. Evidence of another strong influence on COT's music is present here.

Another native live appearance at the Muzenval Theatre in Eersel was followed by the third album 'Amber Skies'. Emerging idealogical differences between Hans Schepens & Jamie OCallaghan lead to a split in 2003 leaving Jamie to pursue COT as a solo project. 2004 brought the recording of 'Neon', a collection of sparse instrumental offerings edging toward the dancefloor. After returning from a solo tour of the Czech Republic COT performed electronic renditions of Debussy & Satie pieces at a charity event organised for victims of the atrocities of Beslan. Encore performances of Ultravox classics Hiroshima Mon Amour & Just For a Moment were well recieved by all in attendance.

After the loss of a friend to cancer in early 2005 COT ceased production until Jamie re-established contact with an old colleague in the UK, John Curry. They collaborated to record 'Long Ago' produced in the Netherlands & the UK. Maintaining the characterisitic COT sound Long Ago has a broader oulook offering upbeat energy & thoughful moments. It also marks a return to vocal territory with compliments of sitar, violin & lusher production all round. John curry has since remained part of the COT Line up.

2006 has seen a fresh line up for COT and 2 new recordings. Neon Winds, recorded in February, is an ep awash with ambient panoramas of vintage synth & hypnotic, female vocal drones. A substantial taste of the mellower moments glimpsed in previous releases. Memories of Water, completed in August is the newest collection of compositions and alongside Neon Winds possibly COT's strongest to date.

Jamie OCallaghan has recently composed 'theremin concertos with Orchestra' for the Theremin soloist Lady Sayoko of Japan. He is also recording new material for another musical project A Better Blue.

The Colour of Time are:
Jamie O’Callaghan: Voice, Theremin, electric violin/viola, electronics Sitar
Linda Swinkel: Voice
Melanie Nijs: electronics, vocoder
John Curry: Guitar, electronics
Tjitse Letterie: Violins
Sylvia Baladron: Voice

Shawn Wynne, Aural Dynamics



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If you like your electronic Rock then listen!
Really does remind you of Ultravox!,Japan, Joy divsion and New Order.But with todays Techno down and up! beat.Much use of Old synthesizers and Electric violins and electric Sitar.If you like your Kraut Rock and Brain Eno Then give this band a listen.