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Closer To Grey is the new album from Portland’s Chromatics. Closer To Grey is the first album the band released since 2012. Amongst others, it contains reverent cover versions of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound Of Silence or Jesus And Mary Chain’s On The Wall. The minimalistic Synth-Sound of previous albums is not lost though, and singer Ruth Radelet proves once again how tender and at the same time powerful a voice can sound.

Chromatics are no strangers to pulsating synths and electronic melodies, all wrapped around with lead singer’s Ruth Radelet’s dulcet tones. With their latest single “Toy,” the band further embraces their danceable and intoxicating sound by diving into a cinematic exploration of forgetting those who hurt you, despite possessing strong feelings of love towards them. Keyboard strokes and bustling drum machine beats all coalesce into a shimmering listening experience that fits perfectly for those late-night stargazing and introspective moments.


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Chromatics’ brand of artsy ’80s nostalgia has only gotten more intriguing since they first stepped out of the fog in the 2000s. And, as bandleader Johnny Jewel quoted s almost two years ago, the group’s forthcoming album “Dear Tommy” could be their last.

It’s been a long time coming. The follow-up to 2012’s Kill for Love was originally teased for a February 2015 release date. The track list was announced in December of 2014, It was still officially the same as of last September. So far, Chromatics have shared the title track I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around,” “Just Like You,” “In Films”,  and “Shadow”  “Cherry” and “Camera,” originally from 2013’s After Dark 2 compilation, were also on the track list.

From the forthcoming Chromatics album “Dear Tommy”
Available soon on Italians Do It Better
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