Chromatics' Kill For Love album is already in contention as one of the best of the year, and the Portland group has been touring steadily behind it over the past few months. As if that album's 90 minutes of pulsating electro-rock wasn't enough to sink your teeth into, now the group has dropped a quick mixtape featuring new songs and leftovers from the fruitful Kill For Love sessions. Here's what the band's Johnny Jewel has to say on the half-hour set:
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!
xo Johnny Jewel
Grab it below and check out the track listing as well. Also, you can follow along with the lyrics over at the mixtape's Soundcloud page.
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)
These Streets Will Never Look The Same (22:32-30:53) ?
Blue Moon (30:54-34:38)