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A Colour Undone LP
triple j Feature Album
“A record that shows off Tasman’s unique talent
and powerful artistic range”
“An absorbing 14-track work that reveals Keith as a multifaceted artist
who’s just as capable of hard-edged hip-hop menace…
as he is of emotional, vulnerable pop songwriting where
his voice scales impressive heights”
“On his sprawling debut album, Tasman Keith
proves himself to be a master of versatility. A Colour Undone
is a chameleonic 36-minute flex underpinned at every moment by
Keith’s insightful storytelling”
“Keith’s album is a twisting, turning, mostly surprising road of
sounds, genres and lyricism”
“A record that stretches beyond genre categories and our wildest expectations”
“A frontrunner of Australia’s new rap vanguard”
“The epitome of leveling up”
“Tasman Keith’s career is showing no signs of slowing down”
“A gospel beat to bruising production well-suited for the swaggering rhymes”
Consequence of Sound
“Tasman Keith Is Primed To Break Out”
“In and out in just over two minutes, this is a first-round knockout blow
by two of the country’s finest”
“Keith’s career appears ready to lift off”
“One of the best examples of pure Australian hip-hop we’ve been treated to”
“A formidable voice in hip-hop”
Red Bull Music
“Determined to use his platform to give a voice to the voiceless”
“He’s taking no prisoners”
Life Without Andy
“Tasman Keith is taking control of the narrative”
Following feverish anticipation, Tasman Keith‘s groundbreaking debut album, A Colour Undone is released today. At times unflinching and above all, a multi-faceted, varied listen, the record has seen immediate praise as triple j‘s coveted Feature Album this week, launched with a special iteration of Live At The Wireless performed at the ABC studios. LISTEN TO A COLOUR UNDONE HERE + WATCH TREAD LIGHT HERE.
Chronicling Tasman‘s own ego death, A Colour Undone ruminates on love, loss, trauma, and healing through metaphor and his lived experience. Revolving around a doomed romance threaded by his purview as an Indigenous man walking in so-called Australia, Tasman pulls himself apart figuratively and physically, atomising the sensitive and difficult terrain of his undoing to propel toward self-reflection, reconciliation, and at last, peace.
Speaking to the release of his debut album, Tasman says “A Colour Undone is the undoing of myself, expectations, ego, envy and all the unhealthy external things that you need to rid yourself of to be fulfilled internally. This album is me at my most open, my most vulnerable, my most powerful, and my most confident. I don’t have the words to express what releasing it means to me, I just know this moment is something I’ve been working towards my entire life so it will take a minute to process this exact moment. I hope the listener finds comfort and discomfort in the record. Undoing everything to become my complete self was the goal, and it forever will be. It’s all in the album for you to hear. Find peace before you rest in it.”
Perhaps unsurprising for a record he had been preparing his entire life to write, Tasman Keith‘s debut LP was primarily written and recorded over six days at Alex The Astronaut‘s Marrickville studio. Though expeditious in creation, its swift birth is a testament to Tasman‘s prodigious work ethic – where he inherited music from his pioneering father, his dedication to meticulously honing his craft day in, day out is religiously kept, exemplified in full force across his 14-track debut.
Reflective of his diverse musical upbringing, A Colour Undone is as linguistically adventurous as it is moving, uncovering an emotionality and vulnerability in his artistry that previously lay dormant in his work. From the frenetic, industrial production of opener ‘WATCH UR STEP‘, to the noxious, corrupting braggadocio of ‘CHEQUE ft. Genesis Owusu‘ and ‘NOT 4 SAFETY ft. Kwame‘ to the dawning clarity of ‘LOVE TOO SOON‘ and ‘HOW 2 LEAVE ft. Thandi Phoenix‘, Tasman‘s artistic frame widens, spreading across soul, funk, jazz, hard rap, and more.
Self-doubt moves like an epidemic through its first half, where “jealousy driven by love, loss, and abyss” take tentative first steps to change in ‘IDK ft. Phil Fresh‘ and ‘PROUD‘, finding triumph on ‘WELCOME HOME‘ and eventually sheer content in the penultimate track ‘HEAVEN WITH U ft. Jessica Mauboy‘. Through his deeply introspective debut, Tasman asks questions of healing and trauma with trepidation and valour, reaching its height on the closing track ‘TREAD LIGHT‘.
Replete with scathing, earth-shattering commentary ‘TREAD LIGHT‘ gives vivid imagery and a direct window into Tasman‘s reality. Here, ceilings are consistently found and forced to be broken. Reminders to “watch your step” and of the “the sharks in the water” occur daily, balanced against being “too proud, too loud, too nice.” The motivation to “turn our Stolen into golden” is endured tirelessly, while in the constant face of their fate and the question mark of his own weighs heavy.
Rather than didactically presenting a vision of healing as a clean, completed process full of fixed, finalised answers and lessons to impart, A Colour Undone is the work. Hands unclean, Tasman invites you to undertake this process alongside him, step by painfully necessary step – but only if and when you are ready to. The album’s fluidity allows you to meet it wherever, existing on one level to be scrupulously understood and analysed, and on another, to be purely enjoyed. “If you want to dig into what some of these songs mean on a deeper level, it’s there. But it’s not forcing you to do so,”Tasman shares – both equally rich and rewarding listening experiences.
A Colour Undone has already been met with praise across triple j, NME, Bandcamp, The Australian, VICE, Fashion Journal, The Music, Scenestr and many more to come. Each have reflected on the musical and emotional variety of Tasman’s debut, with The Sydney Morning Herald sharing, “you have to wonder if sometimes he might want to speak without speaking for, maybe not speak at all, or be light or fun, making mistakes without having to be representative of a community or, soon enough as his career expands overseas, a whole nation.”
Where he once stood, now rises a more whole, balanced version of Tasman Keith‘s former self, possessed by a renewed, purposeful vision of a legacy to build – “politics as usual baby” for an artist who has worn his community on his back since day one. As always, his message remains hard to ignore but his main takeaway stands: “I lost all my hope to find it again.”
With today’s release comes the announcement of a set of intimate headline performances on so-called Australia’s east coast this September, supported by Phil Fresh, alongside the news of Tasman‘s addition to Splendour In The Grass, performing at the Mix Up Stage on July 23. Last night he delivered a vibrant TikTok Livestream of album cuts and tomorrow night, he will take to the ABC‘s iconic RAGE couch for his debut guest program appearance. To experience A Colour UndoneLive, see all tour dates below + routing details HERE.
A Colour Undone LP is out now, buy/stream it here.
WATCH UR STEP
CHEQUE (feat. Genesis Owusu)
POLITICS AS USUAL
LOVE TOO SOON
HOW 2 LEAVE (feat. Thandi Phoenix)
IDK (feat. Phil Fresh)
NOT 4 SAFETY (feat. Kwame)
HEAVEN WITH U (feat. Jessica Mauboy)
Sat 23 Jul – Splendour In The Grass – Arakwal Land / Byron Bay
Fri 29 Jul – Garrmalang Festival – Larrakia Land / Darwin (TIX)
Fri 16 Sep – House of MBC – Eora / Sydney (TIX)
Sat 24 Sep – Colour – Naarm / Melbourne (TIX)
|ABOUT A COLOUR UNDONE|
Tasman Keith’s debut album A Colour Undone carries itself with a self-assured sense of its own gravity, ambition, and purpose. Granted the full canvas of the album format, experimentation, and emotional nuance find room to thrive, it’s here that Tasman’s stylistic horizons move outwards while his lyricism narrows. Executive produced alongside Kwame, his debut is the product of irreproducible mind space, deft in its embrace of imperfection and devoid of overthinking – although rich in collaboration, boasting features alongside Jessica Mauboy, Genesis Owusu, Phil Fresh, Kwame and Thandi Phoenix.
Locally and abroad, Tasman’s LP, with the previously released ‘LOVE TOO SOON’ and ‘5FT FREESTYLE’ have seen heavy praise from Consequence of Sound, Colors, WNYC, iHeartRadio, CADA, triple j, Rolling Stone, Complex, Billboard, The Guardian, NBN News, Acclaim, NME, and more covering fans and the music community alike. In addition to his collaboration with Midnight Oil and Jessica Mauboy on ‘First Nation’ making the APRA Awards Song Of The Year Shortlist, Tasman has gone on to deliver memorable live show appearances most recently on the Oxford Art Factory stage for the FBi SMACS Fest in partnership with VIVID, and earlier this year at the Sydney Kings half-time show at Qudos Bank Arena and at the Mulubinba / Newcastle Entertainment Centre supporting Midnight Oil back in February.