On October 23, Melodic Revolution Records will release, WTF Was That?! the fourth, and latest, release from Ohio Valley-based art-rock collective, Colouratura (Nathan James (vocals, bass, some piano) Derek Pavlic (guitars, synths, viola), and producer Ian Beabout (flute, backing vocals, synths, and editing).
The band will be having a record release party for friends, fans, and industry on Bandcamp on Saturday, October 21, at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT/ 1 AM Sunday, October 22 Amsterdam time. Visit https://colouratura.bandcamp.com/album/wtf-was-that watch the album go live and post your thoughts.
The album WTF Was That?! is a collection of songs the band created throughout 2022-2023. It is a very modern album, grappling with topics such as the threat of war, the effects of the coal industry on Appalachian families, bad weather and the increasingly worrying state of the environment.
The music video, “Sleeping Giant” will be a flow of animation in a lucid stream-of-consciousness vibe, which was how Nathan followed his institution while writing the song, “It started life as a bass lick I liked, and once Derek got his hands on the recording, it blossomed into the current form. I knew I wanted to write something about the current climate crisis and the malicious indifference of the people causing it – and this ended up being the right number for that.”
The video for “Sleeping Giant” will premiere on Sunday night at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT/5 AM on Monday morning in Amsterdam
In addition to these worldly topics, Colouratura celebrates Ohio Valley folklore with the song, “Mothman,” an upbeat funk-rock and soul track. The song is about the mythical cryptid, said to have originated in Point Pleasant, WV and spotted as far away as Chicago, IL. Already the song’s been played on AM radio Coast to Coast and enjoying airplay on a variety of internet stations.
Music fans appreciate Colouratura. Writes Bandcamp supporter Steve Robey, “The band shows their diversity especially well here. The sense of fun and adventure that ruled in 1970s rock is evident, from early Jethro-Tull-like riff rock (“The Flim-Flam Man”), to dark introspective ballads (“Toy Soldiers,”, “Away”), to enchanting guitar/flute instrumentals (“Palace of Blood”), to quirky synthesizer fun (“SIMR”).”
Included are album notes from group leader/producer Ian Beabout. They’re worth reading for fans and musicians interested in the group’s story, the album’s songs, and the creative process, especially band members collaborating with what they’re creating—the album’s songs. Read the liner notes on Colouratura’s Bandcamp page at
1. WTF Was That?!
2. Toy Soldiers
3. Flim-Flam Man
4. Side Hustle
5. Lousy Smarch Weather
7. Palace of Blood
9. Sleeping Giant
10. The LSD No-No
Ian Beabout – production, editing, backing vocals, microKorg synth, flute, field recordings (3) theremini (5), lead vocals (10)
Nathan James – bass, lead vocals, backing vocals, keyboard and synths (2, 11), acoustic guitar (6)
Derek Pavlic – guitars, viola (6,7) mellotron and synths (7, 9), glockenspiel (7, 9, 10), vocoder (11)
Derek Ferguson – drums (except 1, 6), keyboards and percussion (4)
Dave Trik – drums (1)
Chris Boros – mellotron (2)
Mitch Lawrence – saxophone solo (11)
Jacopo Muneratti – moth swat (11)
Recorded at Various Home Studios (2021-2023)
Including ShedSounds WV, the REC. Room OH, Evening Star Productions, Nonpareil Studios IL, and more
Produced and arranged by Colouratura
Edited, assembled, mixed, and mastered by Ian Beabout 2022-2023 at ShedSounds Studio and the REC. Room
File under: Progressive Art Rock
CD housed in a 4-panel gatefold LP style ‘wallet design’ featuring striking original paintings by S Bahl and Amelia Daffodilya. Layout by Eric Kearns.
Label: Melodic Revolution Records (Amplified Distribution)
“Honest 70s-style rock music with nods to early Wishbone Ash, early Tull, and Traffic even as hints of Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and Anekdoten creep in here and there. A thoroughly satisfying listen!”
–Steve Roberts, ZNR Records
“Here is prog as a concept as opposed to a straight musical genre.”
-Kev Rowland, ProgArchives
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