LISTEN: Chromatics Drop New LP “Closer to Grey”

The Portland-based synthwave group gives us something a bit more substantial to chew on as we anticipate Dear Tommy.

When it comes to teasing new music, Chromatics are much more responsible than certain MAGA hat–donning rappers—while the synthy dream pop group has been talking up a record called Dear Tommy as a follow-up to 2012’s well-received Kill for Love for years, they’ve kept us busy with plenty of singles, soundtracks, side projects, and Twin Peaks appearances in the meantime. As if that isn’t enough, today the band is sharing an entire new LP called Closer to Grey instead of, uh, taking us to church.

Boldly opening with a wispy cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence,” the record immediately delves into the shimmering synthy goodness we expected from Dear Tommy (which is also ultimately employed for a not-entirely-faithless cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain’s “On the Wall”). You can stream the whole album below, and read a wordy explanation from Johnny Jewel on the project. 

Closer to Grey is available now via Italians Do It Better. You can grab an MP3 or WAV file of it here for just $1.

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