Corbu is a lucid dream you never want to wake up from. A memory of faded colors. Warm light behind a neon sculpture. The green hue of the sky before an afternoon storm. A game of hide and seek. The thoughts you have that don't make sense, moments before you fall asleep. All of these seemingly mundane yet beautifully ordinary everyday experiences exist inside the universe that is Corbu and their debut LP Crayon Soul. At times hazy and psychedelic, and at others glittering and electronic, Crayon Soul was mixed by Dave Fridmann (Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) and is littered with rising choruses that wash in and out over building bass lines like moving tides. The LP is the staggering follow up from two earlier EPs, We Are Sound (2014), and Everything You Imagine Is Real (2015).
Crayon Soul is a wild, internal journey through the darkest reaches of space and the vivid colors of a futuristic rebirth. "It's a journey through a series of 'gates,' or events that you pass through with the narrator," muses vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jonathon Graves of the album. "At each event, you change and shift into a new part of the story." With each track on the record, the listener is one step closer to the narrator. Starting off with the transient and instrumental sounds of "Sirens" and easing into the funky bass lines of "Polygon Forest" and "Neon Hallway," Corbu guides us through a spiral galaxy of disjointed pop songs. As the album progresses into tracks like "Better Better Off" and "Battles," there's a more guitar driven aesthetic to the sound of Crayon Soul, and eventually we catch up to the narrator with the perfectly placed blissful sounds of "We Are Sound." It's like you've arrived home after your journey, before the epilogue of "Dark Wave" - an acoustic, hand-clapped-laden track with an impossibly infectious riff.
Crayon Soul is an eye-opening trip - the band has even put together an extensive coloring book for listeners to experience while they listen, and create the artwork for themselves. A collection of fragmented pop songs, coated in a layer of audio aesthetics that crackle and glow like the movie Tron in 1982, Crayon Soul is a dream that Corbu are helping you piece back together, bit by bit.