Sun 1 Apr 2012
Rocket to the deep
Since Cool Rainbows’ debut single came out in December I’d been looking forward to hearing their full-length album. Now Whale Rocket is finally out and making a fine impression. With various veins of psychedelic pop and pretty layers of reverb-soaked guitars pushed along by jumpy drums, it’s a cohesive release that brings together central member Djeisan Suskov’s wistful voice that belies his years, with the influences of other musicians that have since come to be an integral part of the band.
Though primarily a solo affair, Cool Rainbows sounds a lot more fleshed-out on Whale Rocket, and with the pristine engineering Djeisan is known for – having grown up hanging around Revolver Studios (which his dad started) – it’s a winning combination. With a lush, shimmering quality that was first explored on ‘Southern Summer Sun’ (the initial single, now the first track of the album), Whale Rocket shows the full extent of Cool Rainbows’ depth. Standouts include ‘Forty Two’, featuring female vocals duelling with Djeisan’s voice plus a sweet, complicated drum beat, and the gentle, chugging guitar lullaby of ‘Tidal Wave’.
See Cool Rainbows play at Auckland’s Casette #9 on April 20.