Chromatics - Kill For Love (2012) / Rating: 5/5
Originally starting out as a new-wave band, Chromatics have altered their sound slightly over the last ten years. They haven’t gotten away from the dreamy guitars, or slow beats, but have added edgier, darker sounds that somehow blend so well with the band’s synth-pop vibe. “Kill For Love” is full of seemingly simple melodies that are catchier and better with each listen. Although fairly long, with 17 tracks and clocking in at over an hour and a half, the album is definitely a must listen. The band draws influences from some of the most unlikely places, as the first song from Kill For Love is a cover of Neil Young’s “Hey, Hey, My, My (Into The Black)”. Some negatives might by the use of canned or synthetic tin sounding strings that are used repeatedly, but I think it works well with Chromatics overall lo-fi approach to recording. The album is bookended by both great beginning and ending tracks that encompass the entire work. Even though we’re only a few months into 2012, it’s pretty safe to say this is one of the best of the year thus far. I would highly recommend checking this album out, apparently it releases at the end of May. But if you don’t want to wait that long, it’s currently being streamed in its entirety on soundcloud by the band.
//post by scott