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Any year that we get a new album from Chromatics is a sign that it’s going to be a great year for music. Thankfully for us Johnny Jewel and company are returning with new album Dear Tommy which will be released via Italians Do It Better later this year.

Today they’ve let go of a Dear Tommy offering called “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around,” a beautiful exploration of synth-rock and disco, perfect for late-night listening as every Chromatics track is. It features vocals from Megan Louise of Desire.

You can stream it below, and grab a free mp3 download at the soundcloud page. I’ve also posted “Just Like You,” the first single released from the album.
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Chromatics | Glass Candy @ Terminal 5 (9/13/2013)

By Will Oliver, September 17th 2013


Chromatics and Glass Candy played a duel bill last Friday that saw both the projects of Johnny Jewel come together for a great night of music. At first I was confused about Chromatics starting the show with Glass Candy playing after, as Chromatics had the lead billing. But with the night time grooves of Chromatics and the big pick me up anthems of Glass Candy, it soon made sense to me.

Both bands gave top tier performances, especially Chromatics, who just know how to take their sound to new places live. Glass Candy’s Ida No was a more than enthusiastic front-woman that took the show and ran with it with a loveable batch of energy. It was fun to watch her dancing on stage and even crowd surfer across a sea of fans.

Check out some photos from both Chromatics & Glass Candy posted below.
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Chromatics Release Running From the Sun Mixtape

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2012

Chromatics’ Kill For Love is one of my favorite albums of the year. So I was very pleased to see that the band’s Johnny Jewel uploaded a mixtape called Running From The Sun. It features unreleased music from the Kill For Love sessions.

He posted the note on the Italians Do It Better blogspot, and released the mixtape for free on soundcloud.

Find the full note from him right after the mix, which you can stream below.

Jet lagged & buzzing from Friday’s show in Paris, I couldn’t sleep…so I stayed up all night with Oko talking about color based dreams while blending these tracks together. Since the album came out, a lot of people on the road have been telling us they are curious to hear some of the unreleased music from the Kill For Love sessions…Recorded November 2009 through December 2011, these songs were all mixed between 4 & 6 a.m. After hours of tracking at the studio in Montreal, we’d clear the channels on the mixer, open a bottle of wine, & feel around in the dark…working our way through the atmospheric elements & peeling back layers of rhythm…throwing the songs into the abstract pile & playing them while driving home in the snow. In Amsterdam right now trying to upload it from the hotel. Fingers crossed…

This is a lullaby for you…
Sweet Dreams!

Johnny Jewel

Track Listing

Dreaming In Color (00:23-03:08)
Red Car (03.09-07:27)
Kill For Love (07:27-11:30)
Last Wish (11:31-15:01)
Running From The Sun (15:02-19:13)
Disintegration (19:14-22:31)
These Streets Will Never Look The Same (22:32-30:53)
Blue Moon (30:54-34:38)

[new]: Chromatics – Looking for Love

By Will Oliver, October 22nd 2012

Chromatics label Italians Do It Better are releasing their compilation album After Dark II soon. no official release date in known yet, but we do have a new song from Chromatics to feast on. It’s called “Looking For Love” and is actually a 5-minute edit of the 17-minute track.

Listen/watch the video for it below. It was directed by Alberto Rossini and features footage of a fashion show that the band played it in Paris.

Chromatics @ Lincoln Hall (July 14, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2012 — with 1 comment

Next to Hot Chip stand the might Chromatics for the best performances of the weekend. Their daytime performance at the festival would have won, if not for the bands intimate show at Lincoln Hall. This was my first time in an actual Chicago venue, and I was extremely impressed (think of it as Bowery Ballroom, way more modern, and a little bit smaller).

Vampire Weekend’s very own Baio started things off with a DJ set, soon handing the deck to Chromatics. They played a similar set as before, but the setting and time just fit that much better. The bands late night themed electronic tales were not wasted at all, giving me justification for my recent all out obsession for the band.

These guys are one of the strongest acts going around guys; don’t miss on a chance to see them live.

Ever since being featured in the film Drive, it seems like Chromatics have really switched gears from going to a great under-appreciated act, to one of the unstoppable forces of the year. The band walked out on stage with a serious sense of momentum and confidence that carried out impressively. I only saw the front-end of their set here, as I caught their after-party of the same day (more on that later). For a band that basically makes nighttime soundtracks, they polished things off quite nicely during the day, making me ever so glad I bought tickets for the after-show, which I knew would be even more epic.

Find some more photos at the jump.
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