On Deck: Chromatics – Kill for Love

Chromatics, a lo-fi/synth-pop band from Portland, just dropped their 4th studio album Kill For Love. I’ve never listened to any material by The Chromatics before, but decided to give it a listen after seeing nothing but positive reviews last week. Great decision. The group’s guitarist, Adam Miller had me hooked from the album’s first track, a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Hey Hey, My My”. Vocals by Ruth Radelet are refreshing, smooth, and extremely listenable, something that seems hard to find these days. What’s most impressive though is the variety of instrumentation used for the album; from mono and poly-phonic synthesizers, to viola, bassoon and claves, Johnny Jewel was spot on. You can stream the album below, and if you like what you hear, you can buy it from iTunes for just 10 bucks. Not bad at all for 90 minutes of great music.