Chelsea Jade is Watercolours

Chelsea Jade is Watercolours

Day 23 of the song-a-day-May NZ Music Month madness. The grey mist of low cloud & cold rain has descended upon Dunedin again today so it’s time to brighten up the day with Watercolours.

‘Danger Ocean’ is from a new EP called ‘PORTALS’. Chelsea Jade is Watercolours (it says so on the Bandcamp page). She’s joined here by Jeremy Toy (She’s So Rad, Opensouls etc. as co-writer & producer).

The mood here on ‘Danger Ocean’ reminds me of that great Angelo Badalamenti produced Julee Cruise album ‘Floating into the Night’ which of course triggers ‘Twin Peaks’ soundtrack memories. I love the way the backing vocals sound as if they are coming from an alleyway on the next street.

The whole EP is a great selection of wistful dreamy pop but with a slightly unsettling, ‘is-this-a-(bad)-dream?’ feeling of unease. There’s a lot going on in these songs – the arrangements are both minimal and expansively lush and the bold percussion – a real Watercolours feature – keeps them distinctive and a little more menacing.