Presenting a special album launch at Dalston's The Vortex for an extremely exciting new artist, Gang Colours, released on Giles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings, performing live complete with a grand piano
“Whenever I used to get an album, I’d always be drawn to the slower song,” Gang Colours (aka Will Ozanne) admits. “Even on Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Boy In Da Corner’, I loved that track ‘Brand New Day’; it was just really simple and quite emotive.” Similarly, it’s the emotive, dreamy quality of Gang Colours’ debut album ‘The Keychain Collection’, that really strikes you from the outset. Floating in ambiguity, not leaning towards one genre nor another, its organic simplicity leads to a unique groove: one that maybe hasn’t been paved just yet. Aligning the symbolism of his childhood keychain collection as doorways to distant memories, leagues of meaning hide in the simplicity of the song titles assembled on his debut album.
Striking out in June 2011 with his debut EP ‘In Your Gut Like A Knife’ – a neat summary of his electronic excursions at that point – the beautifully artworked 12” acted as a portal into a world of daydreams, tumbling into shadows and embracing luminescence simultaneously. Breeding surreal headphone-friendly landscapes, he struck a peculiar and delicate balance between otherworldly and familiarity, at times sneaking a sly glance towards the dancefloor but mostly conjuring a sense of longing and rye melancholy.
Taking a step back from chopped ‘n’ screwed RnB vocals and the swing of UKG, ‘The Keychain Collection’ explores more sombre recesses within Gang Colours’ palette. The scattered technicolour synth melodies that characterised his EP are present, but softer… cosier even… weaving betwixt and between forthright piano chords and Will’s own vocals.