A match made in emo heaven, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has covered Broadcast’s twitchy ‘Colour Me In’, the opening track to the band’s second album Haha Sound.
Williams smooths out some of the pricklier edges of the original, like the squealing feedback and the track’s opening blast of noise, but both tracks share that indelible sense of relaxation from the featured vocalists.
Much of Broadcast’s ouvre is already in maximum blissed out mode, the sonic equivalent of taking too much Xanax and trying to play Nico’s Chelsea Girl. I don’t know if that sounds like a compliment, but it absolutely is. Broadcast are legendary forbearers to the genres of chill wave, bedroom pop, wavvy, dream pop, and sadboi music, and they should be more commonly cited for the mark they made on the modern musical landscape. Sadly, they are a case of yet another band who’s genius preceded the public’s consciousness, and frontwoman Trish Keenan unfortunately never got to see the scope of her influence.
It takes more than a single cover to rectify an injustice like Broadcast’s borderline-anonymity with a fair portion of listeners, but those in the know are well aware of their power. It’s great to see William’s is one of those in the know.
Williams’ cover of ‘Colour Me In’ was originally featured on the compilation Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy, released last year to encourage voter registration in the 2020 election. Now that the collapse of American democracy has apparently been averted (for now), Williams has given the song a full and official release. If you’re not exactly in a bombastic celebratory mood when you look at the state of American politics, or U.K. politics, or global politics for that matter, ‘Colour Me In’ is a perfectly hesitant dose of mild anxiety to keep you on your toes.
Check out the audio for ‘Colour Me In’ down below.