Aqueous Branches Out Stylistically With 'Color Wheel': Album Premiere


As an album title, Aqueous' new Color Wheel — premiering solely beneath — covers a number of floor, each musically and lyrically.

The Buffalo-based quartet's fourth studio album, and first full-length since 2014, is its most far-reaching up to now, including hip-hop flavors ("Split the Difference"), reggae ("How High You Fly") and balladry ("Good Enough") — in addition to acknowledged influences akin to Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Incubus, Gorillaz, Fleet Foxes, Daft Punk and extra — to Aqueous' common mix of proggy jam band psychedelia.

"We positively went in some attention-grabbing instructions, musically," guitarist Mike Gantzer tells Billboard. "But, actually, it's a fairly pure factor. There's by no means an excessive amount of preconceived thought. I believe we're a product of our influences at any given time. We take heed to a number of music, so it's simply pure after awhile they'll begin to seep in and be put by the filter that’s our band and we'll make our personal variations of these sounds. It's been enjoyable to experiment with a few of these sounds."

Gantzer and firm additionally made Color Wheel otherwise than its predecessors. Working in Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac's GCR Audio in Buffalo, the 10-song set discovered Aqueous engaged on model new materials within the studio, moderately than bringing in materials that had been woodshedded and road-tested. "Most of those songs had by no means been performed dwell, or in the event that they had been they had been reworked for the studio format," Gantzer stories. "Seventy p.c of the songs had been written weeks and even days earlier than we went into the studio, so there weren't many preconceived notions going on this time, which made it fairly thrilling."

The course of additionally helped generate songs that, lyrically, had been very a lot of their time, reflecting topical and present considerations — although in a extra analytical type of commentary.

"The normal idea was sort of a critique or evaluation of our habits as people with the Internet proper now," the guitarist explains. "For me a shade wheel represents a palette of feelings. So we had been how we current this good model of ourselves on the Internet; We got down to make a cookie cutter model of our life that's actually idealized, however that doesn’t signify in any respect the emotional complexities of an individual's life — the colour wheel of various feelings."

With Color Wheel out on Oct. 12, Aqueous is already out on the street, with dates booked by December and a pair of hometown reveals on Dec. 30 and New Year's Eve. But the stylistic enlargement of Color Wheel the group can also be sizzling to get again into the studio for extra. "We actually wish to preserve this route going," Gantzer says. "There's extra affect now from sort of, I don't wish to say folks however extra traditional songwriter sort of music — Simon & Garfunkel, Wilco, Joni Mitchell, something from that spectrum. That's began to affect me fairly a bit and adjusted my strategy to songwriting, so I wish to see the place which will lead us."

Color Wheel by Aqueous