PREMIERE: BOOK OF COLORS MAKES FAMILY AND FRIENDS LAUGH AND CRY IN THEIR NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “HOLOGRAM OF THOUGHT”
One of my favorite things about my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia is the collaborative nature of the artists within our community. More specifically, it’s places like The Goat Farm, Mass Collective, Wonderroot, and others that drive our communal nature. Birthed from that artistic community is the Atlanta-based band Book of Colors, whose long-awaited self-titled debut album was released on February 5th, via Deer Bear Wolf Records.
Book of Colors is the moniker of André Paraguassu. Their debut album features an impressive cast of 15 musicians also contributing (including members of Atlanta’s finest: Little Tybee, Faun and a Pan Flute, Hello Ocho, Adron, and more). In trying to pin down a genre for the 10 songs that make up Book of Colors’ debut, including Paraguassu’s slow croon over instruments like the violin, viola, marimba, vibraphone, and flute (also blending seamlessly with horns, piano, organ, pedal steel, guitars, and synthesizers), psychedelic folk seems to be the only suitable category given the vast array of instrumentation. However you choose to label them, Book of Colors is André’s way of leveraging our talented community, and this debut album is the gift he’s given back.
Further, Book of Colors is releasing its new music video for “Hologram of Thought” today, with Paraguassu bringing director Brandon Ross’s purposeful simplicity alongside the intimate cinematography of Alison Daye Himes to perfectly compliment the unapologetic honesty of the song.
The video opens with a caption: “We filmed our family and friends as they listened to this song for the first time.” What follows is a visual tale told through a montage of extreme close-ups, featuring a diverse cast of more than eighty people whose ages range from the tiniest of newborns to some who are well into their nineties. The video pans from each individual as they listen, witnessing their reactions and emotions as they reflect on the song and it’s meaning to them.
This video offers a heartwarming perspective on the passage of time, the difficulties we perpetuate in our own lives, and ultimately, our ability to transcend the mental landscapes we create in order to experience the beauty of the present moment. The video perfectly encapsulates “Hologram of Thought” as a whole, bringing the music and lyrics into focus so that the listener can experience the same emotions that the individuals in the video are feeling. And you can’t help but feel as if this is how the song was meant to be heard, with your full attention given to it — feeling and reflecting.
Said Paraguassu: “Brandon Ross brought this idea to me and I thought it was perfect. It ended up being one of the most amazing artistic gifts I’ve ever received. The opportunity to see my friends and family reacting to this song in such a genuine, unrehearsed way was incredibly powerful and rewarding for me.”
“It’s an indescribable feeling to get to see so many of my oldest and dearest friends having such strong emotional reactions to a song that has meant so much to me over the years since I wrote it. It’s something that I don’t think many artists will ever get to experience and I’m so grateful that Brandon made it happen.”
Mixed in amongst the shots of family and friends are André Paraguassu and beloved Atlanta songstress Adron, whose gorgeous tone wraps itself around André’s. The two sing a duet that, over the course of the video, forms into a lushly orchestrated lullaby. The subtlety of Adron’s vibraphone and Spencer Pope’s piano (amidst a multitude of other instruments) add another layer of beauty to an already rich arrangement.
The combination of song and video go perfectly hand in hand, and we are excited to share the premiere with you. Watch “Hologram of Thought” here:
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