ALBUM REVIEW: Crooked Colours – Langata, 2019

Perth born electronic trio, Crooked Colours, have released their much awaited sophomore album, Langata, two years after their debut album, Vera, which was released back in 2017. The trio consists of members Philip Slabber, Leon De Baughn, and Liam Merrett-Park, who are yet another stellar act to come from Perth, Western Australia.

In late 2018 and into 2019, it was clear that Crooked Colours had developed a new sound, showcasing it with the release of two songs, I’ll Be There and Do It Like You, which gave their avid following a sneak peek of what was going to come.

The LP begins with I’ll Be There, which is a calm yet seductive start, as the effortless lyrics are accompanied with tribal chants throughout. This feeling follows into Do It Like You, which builds slowly into the ultimate indie-electronic dance party – and the best part is – everyone’s invited. Up next is Heart String, and with its alluring pulse, the listener is invited once more to stay a little longer in the remnants of Do It Like You.
The next two songs, Just Breathe and IC Light, bring the ambience down a notch, however they still manage to sustain the enigmatic nature of the LP. Hold On raises the tempo, preparing us for the title track, Langata. Catchy and light-hearted, Langata is an ideal running track or dancing bop, once again featuring tribal voices in the background.

No instrument is spared in Mirror Ball, opening with an array of synths, followed by piano keys which are reminiscent of rain droplets, which then develops into a brassier beat. New-Zealand synth-pop star Ladyhawke features in the next track, Never Dance Alone, providing a welcomed change of sentiment in vocal style. The last song of the ten track LP, Lose Someone, opens with an unexpected surf-folk guitar riff, matched tightly with laid-back vocals and a steady beat, providing the listener with a chilled, funky end to the album. This song is perfect for an end-of-album pensive moment – allowing the listener to marvel and reflect upon what was – Langata.

Where you can catch Crooked Colours on their 2019 National Tour:


Friday 17 May – Metropolis, Fremantle WA (18+)

Saturday 18 May – The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD (18+)

Sunday 19 May – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta QLD (18+)

Friday 24 May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (Licensed, all ages)

Saturday 25 May – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC (18+) SOLD OUT

Sunday 26 May – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC (18+)

Friday 7 June – UC Refectory, Canberra (18+)

Saturday 8 June – Uni Bar, Wollongong (18+)

Sunday 9 June, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle (18+)

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