Posts Tagged ‘Ruth Radelet’

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.

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. 

December 2, 2014

I love Chromatics and their swirling italo disco treats, lead by the always brilliant Johnny Jewel. Off their album Kill For Love is one of my favorites, These Streets Will Never Look The Same, a full on foggy, murky, and intoxicating piece of music magic. Today, Chromatics revealed a new version of the song. This edition features band member Ruth Radalet on vocals instead of the original male vocals, and it’s such an intoxicating version. It’s like Beach House and Chromatics were swirled into each other hazily and dreamily.