Long Island skate/surf rock outfit Liquid Phase recently released the single/music video for “Bright Colors,” a song celebrating both NYC and Montauk, New York.
The song narrates Joe Coss’ treks from the East End of Long Island to NYC he worked as the lead mechanical engineer on the new World Trade Center, while simultaneously reflecting on his past, ranging from studying music at Berklee College of Music to his work in theoretical physics, as well as his friendship with Paul Simon and Edie Brickell.
Made up of Joe Coss (vocals, guitar), Jamie Grubb (keyboards), Dan Zellan (vocals, guitar), Johnny Molinari (bass), and Steve Collins (drums), Liquid Phase’s smoothly textured sound blends flavors of rock, alt-rock, and pop into contagious music.
Liquid Phase has shared the stage with Slash and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and rehearsed in Montauk, at Simon’s home studio.
“Bright Colors” opens on a folk-rock flavored acoustic guitar topped by Coss’ velvety voice. A brief breakdown/pause segues into a gleaming alt-rock melody with pop savors traveling on a sparkling piano. Radiant vocal harmonies infuse the tune with glowing timbres, giving the music upbeat buoyancy.
“See a row of purple roses live on the ocean front / And the cliffs of Earth eroding slower than we have fun / When I climbed up the iron ladder the sky was the bluest one / Looking out as our friends were leaving just as the keg was done / Look West as the sun sets, castle stands in our way / Out East there’s an orange moonrise, radar’s aimed our way.”
The video presents various shots of New York City and the surrounding area, beaches, houses, people on the subway, beach parties, a skate park, and panoramic views of the Twin Towers.
“Bright Colors” projects indulgent surface tones full of light nostalgia, evocative vocals, and bright and breezy harmonics.