After a four year hiatus (and a design degree under his belt) GOODTIME (aka John Cowhie) emerged from the fog and started to write and record his new album. A year and a half later, The Colours Of Darkness was born. Recorded in various locations and mixed with long time collaborator Glenn Keating and featuring Richie Egan (Jape) on bass and Ross Turner (I Am The Cosmos/Lisa Hannigan) on drums. The record is full of dynamic hooks, atmospheric washes, soothing melodies mixed with his trademark poetic lyrics. There is a significant change to the sound of this new album. The record drives like nothing Cowhie has done before and shows a new side to the GOODTIME sound.
The taster earlier in the year of the free single One shot, was reminicent of Cowhie’s earlier folk material blended with haunting psychedelic pop. But from the opening track and subsequent new single “Behind This Sun” you already feel you are entering new territory. John explains that the record was not intentionaly made to be a shift in style but that the way he went about writing the songs was different. Most of the tracks on The Colour Of Darkness began with the bass & drums, rythmically that is what makes this album what it is.
Praise for The Colours of Darkness:
"An easy listening, gentle and propulsive guitar pop masterpiece.." - Hot Press
"Beautifully hazy, 1980's - tinged ambience.. a quietly jubilant comeback." - Irish Times
"The Colours of Darkness will put Cowhie back in the upper echelons of the Irish music
scene, and rightly so. It’s a beautifully executed record." - Golden Plec Magazine
"Impressive" *** - The Star
In the past, GOODTIME has played shows and toured with:
Television, Midlake, Smog, Bonnie Prince Billy, The Microphones/Mount Eerie, Cass McCombs, Richard Hawley, Chris Brokaw, Richard Swift, Little Wings; The American Analog Set, The Redneck Manifesto, M. Ward, White Magic, Jape, Grandaddy, John Grant, Emmy The Great, Bright Eyes, Joan Of Arc, Micah P. Hinson, Mark Kozelak, Giant Sand, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, O Death, AsobiSeksu, Two Gallants, Grant Lee Philips, Tiger Saw, Crooked Fingers, Viking Moses, Hem, and The Handsome Family and more.