The Canvas Waiting - Chasing Color

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The Canvas Waiting
Chasing Color
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The only pattern to my life seems to be changes.

It’s difficult to pinpoint the specific changes that vocalist Nathan Medina refers to without first listening to Chasing Color, The Canvas Waiting’s third record. But the main focus of this seven-track disc is to simultaneously identify life’s temporary nature and attempt to endure it.

The title track introduces us to the album with a short build-up of sound, similar to what one suspects an earth-invading UFO would sound like, gradually growing louder and louder. Overlapping this strange guitar-induced noise is a penetrating drum and bass layout and words which slowly conquer the track. “I see the world in blues and grays / But I’m chasing color,” a smooth venting suddenly announces before confirming the lyric with a subtle inhale. From this point, a polished continuation of the arrangement and an occasional pulsing of muted guitar continue to build to the core of the song. “Don’t make me wait,” blasts Medina, “Your silence makes a sound / And it rings / It’s ringing out,” he confesses. Since the improvement requires admittance of a problem, it’s appropriate that this confession ends track one.

“Ghosts” offers a balanced drum and guitar duet with a quiet reaffirmation of the last track’s confession: “How can you be / The antidote / But still, you make me weak?” Then the melody, steadily intensifying until reaching the chorus. With each rendition, Medina more powerfully recites lines until nearing the tune’s closing, in which he matures to the next level of progress with this telling sentiment: “I fall in love with,” putting aside the completion of the sentence to demonstrate the lack of awareness.

Track three, “Darkness into Day,” opens with a beautifully sketched canvas of a basic mix of drums and guitar. The singer then begins to reminisce over nights passed, before the trials discussed in earlier tracks began. A strong chorus illuminates the background while the revealing of a broken relationship fades back into a hushed verse and shortly thereafter, an abrupt bass solo. After a few chorus repeats, the song evolves into a subtle end as the returned pairing of drums and guitar extend until reaching the words, “We let it fade.”

Soft shakers and a repeated guitar hook fill the void as “An Island Now,” track four of the album, begins. The track is lyrically enriched with the assertion of Medina’s doubt in love, a constant battle rooted in the love-related struggles he speaks of in preceding tracks, which lingers throughout.

Firm strokes of the snare unveil “Streets of Gold,” and lead into the uttering of, “The doctors hang over my body while speaking in tongues / I just do what I’m told / So I let them poison my veins so that I can grow old” sings Medina, adding a graphic visual to the paradox of his findings of time changing nothing. After a minute’s passing, a purposeful testament to the nature of past words are solidified with the almost-unchanging structure of the track, leaving off with the reassuring words: “I’m just doing the best that I can.”

“All the Lines Erased” furthers the reflections through a short track which erases expendable instrumentals and strips the composition to its core. The words, “Now that you are gone / I’ve never loved / I’ve never lost / Not a moment wasted on,” finalizes the sentiment, leading to “Barcelona,” the final track.

A wash of noise-filled intensity picks up and a dynamic is explored through the off and on buildup of sound. “Take my hand / I’m tired of this constant shade / Into the light of day / Is where we should be,” Medina begins, and the music finds its way back into a heavier shade. The rise and fall of the music resembles the words behind it, until the song and the story have each found their courage even through the closing curse.

Overcoming the sufferings of the past almost seamlessly unites the concepts represented in this craft—splashed with unexpected hues and colors—concocted by The Canvas Waiting.

1. Chasing Color
2. Ghosts
3. Darkness into Day
4. An Island Now
5. Streets of Gold
6. All the Lines Erased
7. Barcelona

Prominence is a quality that has gone by the wayside in the current age of alternative rock. The standard for instant success has become minor tweaks of the same old thing, a crude deviation of the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and it becomes clear how easily personal sentiment becomes simply affectation. For Nathan Medina and the members of The Canvas Waiting, this is “broke”. Through stunningly personal lyrical inflections and lead by a sense of creativity straight from the soul, The Canvas Waiting has become a steadfast beacon for those in search of a “fix.”

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