• Magda Knyszynski

Coleman Hell - Coleman Hell Review

Coleman Hell – Self-Titled Label: 604/Columbia Records Release Date: October 23rd 2015

Thunder Bay born Coleman Hell released his self-titled EP last year in October and is due to release his debut album sometime this year. The EP features the single, 2 Heads, which has garnered him not only a platinum status but also a nomination at the Juno awards. With partners La+ch and Michah, Hell has definitely made a name for himself in the music industry with his self-titled EP and has shown that he is ready to make an impact on the music world.

Even though there are 6 songs, the EP is full of energetic sounds and great lyrical compositions. The EP opens with “Sitcom”, slow introduction that quickens into the fast pace that is set by the rest of the album. The song follows a different lyrical and musical pattern; by sampling laugh tracks it creates a bubbly theme and its hard not to sing along or bob your head to. Incorporating a simple backbeat helps bring out the vocal range the Hell has. It does an amazing job at introducing the single, 2 Heads. 

The second song and one of the singles, “2 Heads”, incorporates soulful vocals with an energetic banjo filled backdrop, which leaves the listener singing along.  The piano introduction does an amazing job of bringing in the listener and the energetic banjo definitely keeps the attention towards the song. The song is catchy and fuses electronic beats with a folk sound.

“Thumbalina”, the latest single off the album, is an uplifting and upbeat tune. With a visible pop influence, as compared to the other songs on the EP, this one proves that Coleman can work with different genres successfully. Take Me Up, the 3rd of the singles released, shows that Hell has a wide variety of styles within his music. Powerful vocals partnered with piano and light synths, differ from the rest of the music charts that makes Coleman Hell’s songs unique and energetic.  After Hours, a relatively slower song compared to the earlier 4, but it definitely showcases Hell’s vocals with the softer background beat. The song, “Move On”, is last but definitely not least. The lyrics are serious and have a thoughtful energy, and Hell conveys that extremely well with his dulcet tone. Move On works beautifully as a closing song for the EP. It demonstrates the full range ofHell’s vocals from high to low.

Overall, Coleman Hell’s self-titled EP is a wonder. The songs are beautifully composed and demonstrate the full extent of his capabilities. It is amazing to think that this is accomplished through a prelude to his full-length album, which is supposed to be released sometime this year. Make sure to keep an eye out for Coleman Hell because he is definitely not done making great beats.


Reviewed for: UMusicians.com



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