Colorama (band)

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Origin Wales
Genres Dream pop
Sunshine pop
Acid folk
Psychedelic pop
Psychedelic soul
Baroque pop
Balearic folk
Alternative pop
Years active 2008–present
Labels AED Records
Aficionado Recordings
See Monkey Do Monkey
Redbricks Recordings
Website [1]
Members Carwyn Ellis
Andrea Garbo
Luca Guernieri
David Page
Past members David Fletcher
Rupert Brown
Wendon Davis
Ben Dumville
Matthew Evans
Tom Gardner
Rachel Gardner
Damian Hand
Richard Hayes
Adrian Meehan
Mason Neely
Matt Radford
Michael Rosenberg
Gwion Rowlands
Barbara Snow
Dimitri Spiro
Ed Turner

Colorama is an alternative pop group formed by Welsh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Carwyn Ellis.


Colorama released their Japan only debut album, Cookie Zoo on Noise McCartney Records in April 2008,[1] and released their debut single, Sound via Redbricks Recordings in July 2008.[2] [3]

The band started playing together in early July 2008 and have since played Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival, Home Game, The Sŵn Festival, Port Eliot Festival, Truck Festival, The Apple Cart Festival, National Eisteddfodau, Cloudspotting Festival, Festival N°6, the Green Man Festival and more.

In the summer of 2009, the tragic news was announced that their double bass player, Ellis's best friend David Fletcher had died on 29 June, from a heart attack suffered in his sleep,[4] just days after Colorama’s appearance at Glastonbury Festival.[5]

Magic Lantern Show, featuring songs in Welsh and English was released in September 2009 with Dere Mewn becoming a modern classic in Wales and garnering rave reviews and lots of airplay on both sides of the border. [6][7]

In 2010 Colorama released their third album BOX on Noise McCartney (Victor Entertainment) in Japan and See Monkey Do Monkey Recordings in the UK.[8][9] Shortly afterwards, they released a Christmas single, Cerdyn Nadolig ( Christmas Card ) which garnered them the Welsh Christmas Number 1 on the BBC Radio Cymru chart.[10][11][12][13] BOX was also nominated for the inaugural Welsh Music Prize.[14]

In October 2011, Colorama released Llyfr Lliwio ( Colouring Book ), which was their first predominantly Welsh-language collection.[15][16][17]

August 2012 saw their fifth album release - Good Music, produced by Edwyn Collins and Sebastian Lewsley, and featured high in many an end-of year best album list (2012).[18][19] In November 2012 Colorama released a limited edition 12” single, Hapus? ( Happy? ) on Aficionado Recordings.[20]

At the end of 2013, the Colorama back catalogue was released on iTunes through the Wonderfulsound imprint, with Cookie Zoo being made available in the UK and Europe for the first time.[21]

An EP, Heaven’s Hotel was released on AED Records in March 2014, with a new album being slated for a May release.


Colorama was started by Ellis in Liverpool in 2007, the first shows being as a duo with David Fletcher, on double bass. In 2008 they became a trio with the addition of Luca Guernieri on drums. After the passing of Fletcher in 2009, the line-up saw a number of changes until settling with Ellis, Guernieri, David Page and Andrea Garbo from 2012.[22]

Musical Style[edit]

Colorama would best be described as a indie pop, though they’ve been described as psychedelic rock, dream pop, acid folk and alternative. The band perform in both English and Welsh.

A Mojo magazine review of Good Music described Colorama’s music as ‘genre-hopping - playful, boundary-free pop with oodles of melodic backbone and a neat line in intriguing sonic detail’, while various observers (Q, Shindig, NME, eMusic) have made comparisons with The Clientele, Caravan, Harpers Bizarre, Vetiver, Fred Neil, The Kinks, Harry Nilsson, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Beck, Espers, The Left Banke and Bagpuss.[23][24]




  • Hapus? (2012, UK); Aficionado Recordings
  • Cerdyn Nadolig (2010, UK); See Monkey Do Monkey
  • Sound (2007, UK); Redbricks Recordings


Compilation albums[edit]

  • Mannequins (2009, UK); Kartel
  • The Music Sounds Better With Huw: Vol. 1 (2009, UK); Wichita Recordings



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