Music for your mind’s eye.
Looking back in order to look ahead. Drawing from memories to open up new possibilities. That, in many respects, sums up Colour Film, the new identity of Hamilton, Ontario’s Matthew de Zoete. Having released three albums of dreamy folk-pop under his own name, de Zoete (pronounced “duh-ZOO-tuh”) has channeled the various sounds and influences from those records into Super 8, a six-song EP that reintroduces his melodic gifts and poignant lyricism.
The overarching concept behind Colour Film grew out of a song that de Zoete wrote by that name which became the title track of his last album from 2012. It explored his fascination with his family’s history but also embodied his idea of songs as “little films,” wherein a combination of characters, stories, and emotions create a visual element in the listener’s mind. The six songs on Super 8 achieve de Zoete’s ends brilliantly, with his voice and the shimmering arrangements often echoing the glorious melancholy of Elliott Smith, Badly Drawn Boy, and the Pernice Brothers.
Produced by Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies), who also adds his dynamically nuanced guitar playing, the EP features harmony vocals from Julie Fader (Etiquette, Great Lake Swimmers), Robbie Grunwald (Doug Paisley, Justin Rutledge) on keyboards, bassist Mark McIntyre (Danny Michel, Roxanne Potvin), and drummer Joel Stouffer (Dragonette, The New Deal).
Call it a new voice, a new philosophy, or simply the discovery of a gift he never knew he possessed, Colour Film’s Super 8 is the first taste of a re-born singer/songwriter whose body of work is sure to remain as timeless as its subject matter.