Lamar Holley | The Color of Day

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The Color of Day

by Lamar Holley

Queen meets Owl City, with layers of vocals, piano, guitars, and video game sounds. Bouncy Beatle-esque cartoon pop and a lyrical roller coaster of emotions . . . from devotion to depression and back again!
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Planet Puzz
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2. Roller Coaster
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3. One and One
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4. Beside You
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5. Acting in Love
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6. Are You Really Mine?
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7. Feeling Famous
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8. Holding On, Holding Back
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9. Lost You
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10. Who Am I?
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11. Joe
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Raised on Beatles and Broadway, Lamar Holley has a passion for intricate power pop production and painstakingly crafted lyrics. Somehow Holley's eclectic influences reveal themselves in a cohesive pop record—with consistent flavors of Queen (layered vocals and classical piano), Owl City (electronic textures and countermelodies), and Supertramp (acoustic guitars, bouncy beats, and pleading vocals with emotional lyrics—think "Child of Vision" and "Lord, Is It Mine?").

There’s plenty for Beatles fans here too, like the “Getting Better”-style guitar strums or the “Eleanor Rigby”-esque string quartet that appears in two of the songs. Sometimes Holley sounds like a student of Jon Brion or Tim Myers, with guitars, Mellotron, and infectious melodies and catchphrases. And sometimes Holley has a color all his own.

"Beside You" is driven by a single acoustic guitar with a piano counterpart that alludes to Erik Satie or Vince Guaraldi. "Who Am I?" belongs in a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde musical, with an internal monologue taking the character in and out of "darkness", reaching a Beach Boys' pinnacle at the bridge, when Holley sings, "I can find myself again. Let him out and let him in.”

Holley's optimistic, autobiographical, and pathetic Confessions of College Student concludes with the ballad ("Flower") he wrote for his fiancé. The Color of Day picks up where Confessions left off, revealing the sunshine and storms of married life—along with a couple of playful pop surprises (like a Saturday-morning cartoon theme song, "Planet Puzz")!

“Acting In Love”, the crown jewel of the album, chronicles the courtship of two big city actors who meet at a Volkswagon audition, where their improvised affection might be “more than Method” acting. The theme of acting returns later, when Holley sings about the complicated vulnerability of a committed relationship in "Holding On, Holding Back.”

Despite some of the heavy overtones in his lyrics, Holley adds just enough pop sweetness to keep you floating comfortably through the entire album—and to keep melodies floating around your head for days to come.

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