Posts Tagged ‘johnny jewel’

May 18, 2018

It’s happened! It’s finally, finally happened! Barring another sudden delay (the last one being Valentine’s Day a few years ago, when Johnny Jewel reportedly destroyed the recordings due to being the perfectionist we’re glad he is), Chromatics’ Dear Tommy is on its way into our outstretched arms, uh, ears! The album is due to arrive this fall via Italians Do It Better, and this welcome news, worthy of much revelry, is accompanied by brand new single Black Walls. Sure, it hasn’t been a complete Chromatics drought these past few of years. After all, we were treated to the music Jewel wrote for Twin Peaks: The Return last year as well as the band’s delightful cameos on the show. But Dear Tommy has been a long time coming, and now Black Walls reminds us exactly why we’re going to be a forever fan of the band. Dark droopy synthpop and ominous italo-disco exude morbidly romantic, sweetly tortured vibes. As always, we lose ourselves in Ruth Radelet’s soft dreamy voice. We gladly stay there, lost in the Chromatics, as we wait for a definite release date for Dear Tommy.

April 10, 2018

I’m a fan of anything involving Johnny Jewel, but of course my all time favorite Johnny Jewel project is Chromatics. As such, I nearly squealed with glee after encountering a his remix of Zola Jesus’ Ash To Bone. The original track comes off the gothy synthpop queen’s excellent 2017 album Okovi, and now it’s gone the warped synthy, thick soupy course thanks to Johnny Jewel’s caliginous re-imagination. The release is even accompanied by a new music video directed by Zola Jesus and Jenni Hensler. You can find Johnny Jewel’s remix on Zola Jesus’ new B-sides pack, Okovi: Additions, out on Sacred Bones, here

November 11, 2017

I have an insatiable love for all things Johnny Jewel or Chromatics, so I was elated when a new eight track demo version of At Your Door surfaced earlier this week. The original song comes off of 2012 album Kill For Love. I’ve listened to this new stripped down and minimalist version countless times in the past couple of days. Ruth Radelet’s voice, its moody keys, and its sparse synth line entrance to the utmost. It’s a more than ample dose of the Chromatics’ usual dreamy nostalgia and foggy sadness, but with a disrobed, unsheltered charm. Here’s to hoping Johnny Jewel will finally be releasing Chromatics’ next album Dear Tommy soon. 

May 24, 2017

On Sunday night, Twin Peaks made its long awaited return to television, and it’s been as wonderfully twisted and befuddling a ride as expected, if not even more so than its first two seasons now that Lynch seems to have free reign to do as he pleases on the Showtime presented series. Long before its premiere, we learned that Johnny Jewel of the Chromatics would be soundtracking some of the series. In fact, he’s already released surprise album Windswept the other day, which includes plenty of cuts to be used on the series. Chromatics also closed out Sunday’s two part premiere with a beautiful performance of this gauzy swirling dream pop beauty, Shadow. It was a spectacular scene at the iconic Bang Bang Bar, which we’ve associated with legendary chanteuse Julee Cruise for the past 26 years. Johnny Jewel immediately dropped this video after that premiere. The gorgeous tribute to both David Lynch’s Blue Velvet and Julee Cruise is pure perfection. Shadow will be on the Chromatics’ long awaited and much delayed album Dear Tommy. Head over to Italians Do It Better to purchase Windswept digitally, or Shadows on 12″, here.

May 4, 2017

I’m still reeling from the news that just surfaced regarding how Johnny Jewel destroyed tens of thousands of CDs and vinyl after he had a near death experience a couple years ago. Those records were imprinted with that long awaited, highly anticipated new Chromatics album Dear Tommy, whose release date has been long delayed while the band has been apparently re-recording and perfecting the release. Though we’re still waiting for Dear Tommy, we get to enjoy some of Johnny Jewel’s production in HEAVEN’s It’s Not Enough. The song is this Italians Do It Better signed electronic band’s first single, and it comes with a mysterious video whose aesthetic goes perfectly the world’s fresh obsession with Twin Peaks and David Lynch. It’s Not Enough’s droopy darkwave and lavish synthcore is ghostly and foggy, gossamer and wispy… There’s no way this twisted 80′s heart can resist HEAVEN and their first taste from a debut EP. 

September 15, 2016

While we’re desperate for news about Chromatics’ long awaited album Dear Tommy, we’re more than happy to dive back into the Johnny Jewel led project’s I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around now that they’ve released a music video for the song. The black and white video unfolds gorgeously and dreamily, managing to amplify the song’s sugary synthpop nostalgia even more. I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around will be on Dear Tommy, reportedly “available soon” on Italians Do It Better. Dear Tommy was supposed to arrive on Valentine’s Day earlier this year. Guess we’ll find out how soon is “soon”. In the meantime, there’s no resisting re-visiting the dark syrupy title track and its glamorously twisted music video all over again. Watch below.

August 28, 2016

It’s become an epic summer in regards to the release of long awaited and much delayed new music. Though no news has surfaced of when we’ll get to hear a new Chromatics album, which was originally promised for Valentine’s Day, the celebrated italo disco brainchild of Johnny Jewel has revealed the deliciously dark title track, Dear Tommy. I had the magnificent song on repeat the night it first surfaced, and today, we dive into its music video together, replete with blood, crimson roses, an ominous countdown clock, and what seems to be the visual representation of the proverbial forbidden fruit or poisoned apple. Dear Tommy is a distended and ghostly synthcore hymnal, as dramatic and intense as a foggy synthpop song can be. Here’s to hoping a release date will be announced for Chromatics’ new album soon.

November 6, 2015

Earlier this year, we heard a snippet of Chromatics’ cover of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, likely one of the most covered songs I’ve encountered as shows. Except, this being Chromatics, their cover of the song takes it to regions hitherto unknown. Johnny Jewel and company announced today that they’ll be dropping the  single tomorrow, along with seven different versions of the cover. They also made this day very special by unleashing one of those renditions through a very oblique, murky video. Girls Just Wanna Have Some is absolutely delicious. It’s as if dark italo disco, chillwave, and “witch house” were melted together seamlessly into one droopy, syrupy, and barbed but sweet treat. I’ve already watched and listened countless times today. In the meantime, I’m still wondering when Chromatics is releasing their next album. Hit up the Italians Do It Better website for more info on tomorrow’s release.

September 9, 2015

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Chromatics’ next album, Dear Tommy, which originally had a release date of February this year. Waiting for new Chromatics is no easy feat, as I’m sure many of you agree. That impatience abates a million fold today, thanks to Shadow, a stunning beauty revealed by Johnny Jewel’s highly respected project. Chillwavey Shadow drops as a part of Adult Swim’s singles series. Despite its name, it’s one of Chromatics’ more glowing, luminous offerings, in their own hazy, murky, swirly way. Dream away to the warm, enveloping gem, as I have, plenty of times already today. It’s a free download at Adult Swim, too.

April 9, 2015

It’s happy dance time, because who else but Chromatics has dropped another new tune. I’m not sure what’s going on with that new album, Dear Tommy, which was originally slated for release on Valentine’s Day and has been delayed to who knows when, but as long as Johnny Jewel keeps giving us new music, I’m not complaining. In Films is one of Chromatics’ warmer offerings. Still dreamy and swirly, it carries a more glowing ambiance, though still muted and hazy. Its pulses are more gentle, and its synths more uplifting, if not M83-esque.