Italians Do It Better are sharing some outtakes of the forthcoming triple LP compilation After Dark 2 - here’s a new one from Chromatics titled Cherry. Video above by IDIB-visualist Alberto Rossini. “Cherry can be very sweet when she needs a friend / but it’s only a mask that she wears so she can pretend” sings Ruth Radelet over a classic Johnny Jewel production - we’re in love.
Johnny Jewel is an unstoppable source of creative output. This last year he’s been working on Chromatics’ Kill For Love, the new Glass Candy record, After Dark 2 and probably more, the man has now unveiled Running From The Sun. Running From The Sun is a collection of songs recorded during the Kill For Love sessions which didn’t make the final album cut. Johnny blended all tracks together in one mixtape, which is available as a free download below. Tracklisting and more info can be found over at the Italians Do It Better blog.
UPDATESince we prefer our iTunes to look nice and clean, we decided to cut the “mixtape” in seperate tracks - available to download here.
Italians Do It Better have shared the first taste of their forthcoming After Dark 2 compilation: a 5 minute Alberto Rossini-directed video shot at the Chanel pret-à-porter printemps-été 2013 for a new Chromatics song titled Looking For Love. It could easily have been a bonus track on their Kill For Love. The full version, which will appear on After Dark 2, is an impressive 17 minutes long.
Chromatics just keep them coming. This is Candy, the fourth song to be unveiled from their forthcoming Kill For Love. No official releasedate for the album yet, as the band/label are having some issues with the mastering of it… But it will definitely be worth the wait. Video directed by Alberto Rossini, as usual.
Chromatics are on a roll. Earlier this week they unveiled the video for their Neil Young cover Into The Black and today they bring us another new song and Alberto Rossini-directed video, being the romantic Lady. All of these songs are taken from their forthcoming new full-length Kill For Love, which is going to be pretty awesome based on the three tracks we’ve heard so far. “If I could only call you my lady… baby I could be your man.”
Chromatics release Kill For Love soon, the follow-up to their 2007 debut Night Drive. The second single off Kill For Love is Into The Black, which is actually a Neil Young cover. Alberto Rossini shot a video in gemini vision back in 2009 for the song, which you can view above.
Alberto Rossini directed a little video for Over The Edge, taken from Symmetry's Themes For An Imaginery Film. While you’re at it, be sure to read the interview Pitchfork had with mastermind Johnny Jewel about the score and his scrapped score for Drive and pre-order your physical copy over at Rough Trade.
Three years in the making, Symmetry - the project that began as a conceptual tangent between Glass Candy, Chromatics, Mirage, & Desire’s more abstract sides - finally sees its release this month. Themes For An Imaginary Film is two hours of claustrophobic cinematic bliss compiled for Painters, Writers, Photographers, Designers, Cruisers, Night Walkers, & Dreamers. Adrenaline drips thick like syrup across a horizon where memories become blurred scenes behind the windshield & yesterday’s faces fade as the road strobes to aggressive rhythms. Romantic melodies linger in the rearview mirror as chimera bells saturate the electric fog that’s slowly rolling in.
Over the span of thirty seven tracks, Symmetry embraces the elegance of European noir cut with a lean & violent American razor. Directly in your face & breathing down your neck one minute, & escaping beyond the night sky the next. The attention given to color & detail on these recordings is more graphic than musical. More visual than aural. With no flashy virtuosity to clutter the mood, the album’s pulse thrives on the empty pockets of space left in the wake of throbbing bass & the faint flicker of electro candlelight. Minimal, strict, & always in motion, there’s an oppressive overtone throughout the record that winds itself tight as a clock. Johnny Jewel & Nat Walker (Chromatics & Desire) give us propulsive moments that are more rhythm based than Pop, & less reliant on a lyrical presence than their other projects.
Symmetry is the project of Johnny Jewel & Nat Walker, who created a soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist - if it did it would
probably definitely have to most amazing soundtrack ever. It bundles all Italians Do It Better forces (Glass Candy, Chromatics, Mirage, Desire) and clocks at little over 2 hours in total (37 tracks). Needless to say this is amazing. Themes For An Imaginary Film is available on iTunes and can be streamed in its entirity below. You can read more about it on the Soundcloud page; the text shown above is just an excerpt of the full piece on this. “Your life is the film & this is the soundtrack.”