This year Colour was proud to host the closing party for the fifth Flip Animation Festival, held at at Light House, Wolverhampton on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th November. It celebrated regional talent and aims to bring animation to a wider audience. For more information, please visit the festival website or blog.
If you’re not familiar with the output of Rob Glover and Ben Holton, theirs is one of the most creative collaborations in the region right now, making music that is rich in concept and big on atmosphere. Their three full length albums are explorations of the rural landscape and its relationship to memory and nostalgia. While 2006s Slides focused on grand, sweeping shoegaze-tinged post-rock, last year’s May Your Heart Be the Map took a more acoustic and vocal approach, seeing their preoccupations explored more intimately. It was also warmer than Slides, which evoked a cold snap on the cusp of Winter with its glistening guitars and ominous percussion.
Stream: The Stars in Autumn
From May Your Heart Be the Map (2007, Make Mine Music)
Formed in Birmingham but featuring musicians from across the UK, Lime Chalks’ songs are a magical blend of lo-fi folk and indie, with influences from both sides of the Atlantic. Delicate guitar lines and percussion join with pretty harmonies for a sound that is immediately endearing.