Within the macro tradition that is year-end list season, we at Stereogum have carved out our own micro tradition: Every December, instead of publishing a staff list of the year’s best tracks, we present a bunch of personally selected top-10 lists from our staffers and contributors. So although our rundown of 2019’s best … More »
London’s All Points East festival is laying its claim to the circuit rather early this time around by announcing its lineup almost six months before the event which set to take place on May 29, 2020. Moreover, this announcement is already putting pressure on fellow summer UK festivals with an impressive roster, topped by none other than a 3D set from Kraftwerk.
Beyond the krautrock pioneers, 2020’s All Points East lineup features a wide variety of sounds provided some of those sound’s most prevalent purveyors. Representing the rock family tree are Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr, and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordan among others. Turntable maestro Grandmaster Flash is leading the hip-hop charge while alternative acts like Chromatics and The Orb satisfy the less conventional listener.
View the full lineup for All Points East 2020 below:
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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
Chromatics have released their fifth studio album, Closer To Grey—their first album since their 2012’s Kill For Love LP. Lo-fi, indie synthscapes encapsulate the sounds of the 12-track project with Ruth Radelet’s vocals curating a dissident atmosphere alternating between the foreground and background. The producer of the group, Johnny Jewel, had his imprint, Italians Do It Better, release the album.
Although this is their first album release in seven years, the group consisting of Ruth Radelet (vocals, guitar, synths), Adam Miller (guitar, vocoder), Nat Walker (drums, synths), and Johnny Jewel (producer, multi-instrumentalist) released an EP in 2018, Cameras, and three singles this year “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around,” “Petals,” and “Time Rider.” They’ve also made references to an unreleased album, Dear Tommy, that was supposed to be released proceeding their 2012 Kill For Love project. It has yet to see the light of day.
Chromatics surprise released their first new album in seven years, Closer To Grey, in the middle of the week — read our Premature Evaluation review here — and today they’re back with a new music video for one of its highlights, the dusky and dance-y “You’re No Good.” … More »
Seven years after Kill For Love, Chromatics finally return with a new album, Closer to Grey. You may be reading the title and wondering why Dear Tommy is spelled wrong, but Closer to Grey — dubbed “a film for your ears.” — is actually a new, different full-length than the fabled “white whale” of ice-cold synth rock, and it is out NOW on Italians Do It Better.
In the years since their last release, Chromatics were featured in two parts of Twin Peaks: The Return, where they played “Shadow” and “Saturday” at the Roadhouse. Band member Johnny Jewel has also released a handful of solo albums and film scores, which has only wound up fans even further in anticipation of new Chromatics music.
The long-rumored Dear Tommy was announced in 2014, and while a number of tracks have been released — and subsequently pulled from streaming — the album has been delayed numerous times. So, we can either continue to dwell in this “Waiting for Godot” situation with Dear Tommy, or we can suck it up for now and listen to Closer to Grey.
Closer to Grey is available here. Scope the tracklist, artwork, and tour dates below.
Closer to Grey tracklisting:
01. The Sound Of Silence
02. You’re No Good
03. Closer To Grey
04. Twist The Knife
05. Light As A Feather
06. Move A Mountain
07. Touch Red
08. Through The Looking Glass
09. Whispers In The Hall
10. On The Wall
11. Love Theme From Closer To Grey
12. Wishing Well
10.04.19 – Copenhagen- Store Vega
10.05.19 – Stockholm – Berns
10.07.19 – Oslo – Rockefeller Music Hall
10.09.19 – Berlin – Astra Kulturhaus
10.11.19 – Vilnius – Art Factory Loftas
10.12.19 – Warsaw – Praga Centrum
10.14.19 – Vienna – Arena
10.16.19 – Prague – MeetFactory*
10.17.19 – Munich – Muffathalle
10.19.19 – Cologne – Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
10.22.19 – Dublin – Vicar Street
10.23.19 – Manchester – Albert Hall
10.24.19 – Glasgow – SWG3
10.26.19 – Bristol – Anson Rooms
10.27.19 – London – The Roundhouse
10.29.19 – Antwerp – Trix
10.30.19 – Amsterdam – Paradiso
11.01.19 – Paris – Pitchfork Festival
11.02.19 – Torino – Club To Club
It’s been more than seven years since Chromatics released their landmark Kill For Love and almost five since they shared the tracklist for its planned follow-up, Dear Tommy. Ever since then, fans of Johnny Jewel’s cultishly beloved synthpop-noir project have been waiting. Chromatics teased Dear Tommy’s release … More »
It has been a long, long time since the Chromatics came out with an album. A little more than seven years ago, the bleary, cinematic synthpop atmosphere-conjurers released their grand, moving opus Kill For Love. Ever since, they’ve been promising Dear Tommy, their long-awaited and much-anticipated follow-up. Chromatics shared a Dear … More »