Kill for Love, Chromatics' first album since Night Drive, finally gives this loosely associated, prematurely decayed musical aesthetic its magnum opus-- and brilliantly transcends it.
After delivering Symmetry's "Theme For An Imaginary Film" LP earlier in the year, Johnny Jewel makes no bones about this 90 minute long player's tour-de-force ambitions from the opening track, a synth-draped cover of Neil Young's"Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)".
In a recent interview Jewel reveals some of the secrets behind the album, 'We began working on "Kill For Love" two months after "Night Drive" was released in the summer of 2007. The process is very slow. Working & reworking ideas in an attempt to capture what i think is the true essence of the song. I knew exactly what the record was going to look like in my mind. I say "look like" because i could see the color of it long before i could hear the sound of it.'
The album as a whole will bring out the synaesthesic qualities in anyone and in particular album highlights "Lady" and "These Streets Will Never Look The Same" paint the entire spectrum with their all encompassing soundscapes.
Published: 5th April 2012