The Colourist does more with less. The four-piece band creates big pop sounds similar to those of larger bands, starting with Grouplove, yet it does it minimally: guitar, bass, drums and keyboards.
The band from Orange County, Calif., is led by guitarist/vocalist Adam Castilla and its focal point, bash-happy drummer/vocalist Maya Tuttle, who has said a commercial for a documentary about Karen Carpenter inspired her to take up the drums. Together, she and Castilla render sweet harmonies amid shiny pop melodies.
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The Colourist has drummed up some industry buzz, though its first album won’t be released until late March. You can listen to the single “Little Game” on YouTube. It conveys a sound that Interview magazine called “pop
joie de vivre
The Colourist will perform at the RecordBar on April 3 (Thursday night). It’s an 18-and-older show.