Luis Betancourt(Colonial Radio)
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Luis Betancourt(Colonial Radio)

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"Resonance Journal/May 28th, 2008"

"Next up...Colonial Radio, the music endeavor of 2006 WLSC(Williamsburg Live Songwriting Competition) finalist Luis Betancourt. Betancourt has a distinctive style, both in songwriting and voice. Songwriting, much of his material is reminiscent of sunny Donovan-esque 60s pop. Other songs by Betancourt remind me of (my beloved) Nick Drake: intimate, confined, but with a lot of life and light. Betancourt's damn-good last song, 'Marigold,' caught me by surprise- I thought it was a cover and couldn't figure out who performed the original, but it turned out Betancourt himself wrote this song, and that I have lost my mind. 'Marigold was the color of the thing it wore, ' he sings in the chorus. Awesome."
- Dan Dippolito -

"WLSC: Saturday Rocked, Tonight We're At Matchless/Sept. 17th, 2006"

"Of the three semifinalists, Betancourt had the most interesting chord vocabulary. With echoes of Nick Drake, 'Adirondak' was rooted in D Major with all sorts of variations that kept my ears perked...he worked the room well and secured a well-deserved ticket to the next round."
-Ben Krieger -


When Nothing Is Moving LP(Colonial Radio, 2007)
From the Tops of Trees LP(Colonial Radio, 2008)



Colonial Radio is a solo musical endeavor. It is the creation of Luis Betancourt, a singer/songwriter/composer living in Brooklyn, NY. It is without walls and the sum of countless influences. It is the sound of someone who finds joy in the solitude of a pen and guitar, and in the universal. It is self-produced and somewhat self-producing. It is the visceral residue of different rooms and spaces, the echo of their invention. It is splintering wooden looped melodic, overexposed sunkissed pop form. It is a collection of words.
* 2006 Williamsburg Live Songwriting Competition Finalist(