Colorful Rhythm
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Colorful Rhythm

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Rock




"Album Review: Colorful Rhythm"

Artist: Colorful Rhythm
Album reviewed (Spotify): Colorful Rhythm

Colorful Rhythm's self-titled album is built on the expressive piano-playing of Judy Huang. The release impresses with Huang's virtuosity (and ascendant vocals), and by evoking a wide range of emotions.

A great place to start is "I Feel Good." Saturated with brightness, the song fuses the orchestral pop of Grimes with the percussive accents of Animal Collective. At the other end of the spectrum is the brooding "Resolution," which is haunted by dark melodies recalling Tori Amos. (The song's lengthy industrial-piano outtro contains a progression at 3:14 that the playful Amos would no doubt approve of.) "Iridescent" is Colorful Rhythm's opus: a nearly six-minute journey marked by instrumental bridges setting various moods (e.g. 1:10 and 3:58), dynamic beat-driven hooks (e.g. 1:29 and 3:39), and a transcendent theme originating from a doubled piano/vocal (e.g. :55).

Five of the songs are instrumental. But to say this is piano music would be like saying that pianist David Helfgott (on stage, "grunts, groans and mutterings") didn't likely benefit from David Hirschfelder's arrangement/orchestration in arriving at the Oscar-nominated Shine score. Indeed, Huang adds considerable dimension through the use of module- or keyboard-based sounds, all of which imbue her musicality with extra layers of feeling. The blink-and-you-miss-it speed of "Shadow in the Woods" is Huang's "Flight of the Bumblebee." But it is "Good Day My Friends" and "Dancing in the Rain" that point to Huang's love for complex patterns -- patterns which supply the canvas for Colorful Rhythm's electronic textures.

All of this is to say that Colorful Rhythm marshals its myriad resources to deliver on a vast array of emotions, communicating feeling in ways only truly great instrumentalists can. - Chicago Indie Music Live


Still working on that hot first release.



Colorful Rhythm is a Chicago based alternative/electronic rock band founded by composer/pianist/producer Judy Huang in 2012.  Her music has been described as Imaginative surreal synergy of instrumental and vocal music, with an enchanting mix of influences. She enjoys composing and recording music and performing outside of her day job as a music teacher. She is a classically trained musician whose music influences include experimental, electronics, freak folk and art rock.

"MegaPixy," Colorful Rhythm's new full-length release, is a

long-distance collaboration with shadowy parties best left unnamed.

Jangling guitars, pounding drums, and uncanny electronic howls fuse

with Colorful Rhythm's trademark ethereal vocals and pianistic

flourishes in these iridescent crystals of songcraft. Colorful Rhythm

and her henchman will show you their outsiders' view of an alien

midwest, from the kaleidoscopic towers of Chicago to the lunar

snow-fields of North Dakota.

Their newest album is set to be released on Feb.25, 2014.

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