Pink Chameleons return with Colors Seem To Fade

Colors Seem To Fade b/w Meat Deluxe arrives via Soliti on the 19th January 2024

Pink Chameleons, the band led by Paltsa-Kai Salama of Black Lizard fame – return with their first new material in over two and a half years, the twofer “Colors Seem To Fade” b/w “Meat Deluxe” arrives via Soliti Recordings on the 19th January 2024. 

Watch the video, directed by Krista Salama and Paltsa Salama

Of the video for “Colors Seem To Fade”, Salama tells us “As the song is quite a traditional psychedelic tune it felt natural that the video should include a classic-style hypnotic liquid light show. I borrowed an old projector from my godfather and we searched high-and-low for the right colors with my spouse. Then one Sunday afternoon we shot the video. There was a huge snowstorm outside but on the inside it felt like the California sun was shining.”

Paltsa-Kai talks about the song  ““Colors Seem To Fade” has been around for ages. It was originally performed live by Black Lizard. After that we played it with my “solo” band and also in the early years of Pink Chameleons. But it’s never been properly recorded before this new version which we’re releasing now.”

The circular bass riff of “Colors Seem To Fade” creates a hypnotic platform for the moody saxophone riffing of Jussi Hurskainen, while Ville Hopponen (Verandan) on drums supplies the laid back groove for Salama to express some sparkling electric sitar and dashes of mellotron. It’s a psych rush of calm that opens up as the tracks expands.

“Meat Deluxe” – cut from the same cloth – is a more direct blast featuring Black Lizard’s Joni Seppänen on organ and percussion, with the ubiquitous Tytti Roto (Ty Roxy) on vocals.

Initial Reaction

“The Finnish project relied upon California vibes to craft this song, which you’ll immediately see upon the visuals, but you’ll likely hear in the traditional psychedelia coming through your speakers. It’s as about as true to the original style as it comes, but in that, it feels refreshing, as the genre’s been completely bastardized.” Austin Town Hall

“‘Colors Seem To Fade’…has a mellow slumber atmosphere amplified by the addition of saxophone and percussion by Jussi Hurskainen and Iiro Tulkki. The bass line that sounds like a swirling marble pattern and the timeless texture of the sound are also wonderful.” Niche Music

“There’s a kind of Scandinavian melancholy to the music I make. If you spend 9 months a year in snow, rain and darkness, it will be reflected in the art you make.” small interview via Revista Arte Brasileira

“This song is full of texture and vibrancy” Darkus Magazine

“Even The Beatles at their most Indian-inspired level of creativity wouldn’t have mixed those three instruments.” Nordic Music Central

“Pink Chameleons piloted by Paltsa-Kai Salama of the Black Lizard band lives up to expectations with their new single” Päivan Biisit

“Mesmerizing with its bass line and extra mojo from the soulful saxophone, this kusari gem is like a slice of California’s flower children’s sun”. Desibeli

Also find ‘Colors Seem to Fade’ via Dagens Nyheter,  Once Chord To Another , Nordic Music Review and  I Don’t Hear A Single, 

First watch via Soundi

Pink Chameleons promo 2024

LISTEN to “Colors Seem To Fade” b/w “Meat Deluxe”

“Colors Seem To Fade”
Written by: Paltsa-Kai Salama, Joni Seppänen
Arranged by: Pink Chameleons
Paltsa-Kai Salama: Vocals, guitars, electric sitar
Antti Sauli: Bass
Ville Hopponen: Drums
Jussi Hurskainen: Saxophone
Iiro Tulkki: Percussion
Recorded, mixed, mastered: Paltsa-Kai Salama
ISRC: FI9PF2300116

“Meat Deluxe”
Written by: Paltsa-Kai Salama
Arranged by: Pink Chameleons
Paltsa-Kai Salama: Vocals, guitars
Antti Sauli: Bass
Ville Hopponen: Drums
Jussi Hurskainen: Saxophone
Joni Seppänen: Percussion, organ
Tytti Roto: Vocals
ISRC: FI9PF2300117

The single sees Pink Chameleons return to the road for a series of shows:
20.1. Turku, Kirjakahvila
26.1. Tampere, Pethaus
8.2. Helsinki, Siltanen

The new single signposts more activity from the band in 2024. Watch this space.

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