Color Palette Leaves Their SPF-50 At Home & Gives Us Sunburn

Color Palette is an Indie Electro-Rock band with hints of Dream-Pop and a slight 80s flair. They hail from Washington, DC and consist of 5 members: Jay Nemeyer – vocals / guitar, Josh Hunter – guitar / keys / bass, Matt Hartenau – drums, Rogerio Naressi – keys, Maryjo Mattea – vocals. Their latest single “Sunburn” has a strong ethereal vibe to it, with a blend of what we best be described as the traditional Indie-Pop sound being mixed with that Dream-Pop out-of-this-world aura that truly transports you away into the land of thought and fantasy. You can definitely hear the influences of bands like: Beach House, Tame Impala, Slowdive, MBV, Wild Nothing, and Phantogram. With hints of The Smiths which can be attributed to some of that 80s influenced vocals & instrumentation.

With “Sunburn” you can really tell that Color Palette takes their craft very seriously. They describe their recording process as the search for perfection which can require multiple edits and refinements, you can almost compare this philosophy to that of Goldylocks seeking-out something that is just right. Color Palette appears to really push the cultivation of an atmospheric sound to the forefront there are multiple breaks where Jay Nemeyer allows the track to breath, by letting the guitar chords, drums, and synth notes takeover. This method allows listeners to let the lyrics sink-in, there is definitely a theme of dreaming. As well as a theme of course enjoying the summer & sun because how else are you going to get sunburned.  You can almost picture yourself at a beach on a lazy laid-back kind of day. Or even picture yourself driving through a costal setting, the guitar chords & synth certainly have a “California Surf Rock” sound that really matches a sunny drive with the sun in your face and the wind in your hair.

Overall this song makes for great calming music that really encourages your imagination to run wild. Great for if your trying to get creative or seek any kind of inspiration or “Eureka” type of moment.

We luckily got a chance to correspond with Jay Nemeyer had a few words to share with us.

What’s the inspiration behind “Sunburn”?

The blueprint of ‘Sunburn’ was written in about 15 minutes; it was written while I was at the beach with my friends, after a day of getting completely sunburned. I was thinking about a love interest at the time, picked up a guitar, and the line in the chorus – ‘stick to me like sunburn’ – came to mind; I ended up building the entire song around that line.

What made you decide you wanted to pursue a career in music?

I’m a masochist 😂

How would you best describe your style and sound?

A blend of guitars, synthesizers, and ambient vocals floating above the backbeat of drums and bass that’s somewhere in between electronic and organic.

What is your recording process like?

I write songs, record them, and send to the band. After that, we refine + refine until we’re happy with a final version.

What’s next for you?

We are releasing a lot of new music over the next year or so. We plan to release an album in 2019 (hopefully in the Spring). We’ll be playing shows again starting in October.


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By: B. MacDougall, 24Our Music Contributor 




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