The guys from Color Card have been making music together for years, previously under the name Westerly. I’ve come across the experimental three-piece a few times now, opening for bands in various venues around Chicago; however, I was never able to bring their sounds home with me, because they’d yet to release an album. But this January, they’ll finally drop their first official release, Zegary.
Self-recorded and self-released, Zegary is a 5-song EP of dreamy, atmospheric experimental. "Tesseract," for example, opens with shaking maraca and a gentle synth melody, broken up by murmured vocals and calming mechanical hums and buzzes. And my favorite, “Champion,” features ethereal vocals and a delicate rhythm backed by choppy, off-kilter percussion and synth beats, ultimately ending in a mechanized clatter and an eerie quiet.
While the physical copy is set for release January 11, the digital version is available right now on Color Card’s Bandcamp. You can stream or download it for free, and if you like it, donate some cash and they’ll send you a physical copy.