Published Jul 05, 2018With Color the Weather, Suicideyear returns with his most mature work yet. The title comes from a children's colouring competition held in the artist's native Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The competition, which actually exists in various forms across North America, involves letting kids draw weather for a chance to be featured on their local news channel. With no restrictions on a blank piece of paper, the contests lent themselves to the expansive nature of a child's mind, allowing kids to express themselves however they saw fit.
The contest is an apt namesake for Suicideyear's new album, as in many ways the record contains some of the musician's most ambitious and wondrous work yet. The trap and general hip-hop influence is still very present, with tracks such as "Tired" feeling closest to Suicideyear's previous output. There are also moments where Suicideyear plays to his more tender, reflective sensibilities.
Instead of stuttering hi-hats and other drums at the forefront of the production, we are treated to reverb-soaked piano and guitar playing melancholic melodies, evocative of the album's themes of nostalgia and looking back on the past. Color the Weather is an undeniably satisfying listen from a musician who is still only growing. (Lucky Me)