Human Colonies is a shoegaze/dream pop quartet from Florence, Italy. They released their debut album earlier this year, and I got something in the mail bag about it yesterday. Although the email was very brief, and didn’t offer any biographical details, they certainly hold true to the way they describe themselves. The email simply said “We are a shoegaze/dream pop band…”, but I actually like their Facebook bio a bit more. It says “Blurred Dreamy Cloudy Fuzzy Something”. All of that stuff is certainly in the front of today’s song.
“Falling Deeper” by Human Colonies
Right from the drop, there’s a fuzzy, feedback-laden guitar and some chunky bass. There’s something about all of that plus the churning rhythm that makes me think about “Last Train To Satansville” by Swervedriver. This song, however, has a bit of a dark, almost post-punk or even gothic feel to it. Not quite, though. More like some common ground that exists between “Motorcycle” by Love & Rockets and “Last Train to Satansville”.
The band released a four-song demo two summers ago, and all of those songs are on the debut album, but they sound pretty different. For example, the version of “Falling Deeper” from that 2013 demo sounds a lot like a track that should be on Zeros, the 2012 album by The Soft Moon. A bit new wave-y and electro. And heavier on the goth sound. I like both versions a lot, but I like the newer version better.