Unlike its title suggests, “Color Decay”—the debut single from Iceland’s Júníus Meyvant—is timeless. The track not only hits on the wonder of Van Morrison and Belle and Sebastian with its playful percussion and upbeat acoustic rhythms, but it also calls out to current characters like Edward Sharpe and The Lumineers with its heart-tugging, broad sweeping qualities. Simply stated, its a good song to wake up to.
“Color Decay” perches atop a branch in its own tree, however, thanks to Meyvant’s ability to comb through these artists and come out with a unique product; the way he meshes the brass section’s swells with his simple voice is a universally pleasing moment made on his own. And the handful of these occasions that pop up throughout “Color Decay” morph it into an almost-comfort food—without the regret. This is fitting music, no matter the season, the year or the location.