CHROMATICS - KILL FOR LOVE (Splatter) Vinyl 2xLP
Kill for Love is monumental — a city symphony of bass synths & electric piano, a blockbuster of blood, sweat, & tears. The 90-minute double LP, half a decade in the making, is a testament to the breadth and scope of Chromatics’ sound. This time realized with the sprawling grandeur of Technicolor glory. The long-awaited successor to acclaimed Chromatics albums Night Drive (2007) & In the City (2006) feels at once like an artistic breakthrough: from the expressive twang that introduces opening number “Into the Black” it is clear this is a moment to remember.
It’s the same dream every night: a woman in the Portland rain, a hand suspended above the piano, a bottle by the foot of the bed. An electric guitar drips its delicate way through a gauze of reverb, of resplendent noise. There’s a message on the machine. There’s thunder rolling in from beyond the horizon. It’s too late. Our dreams have all vanished. This is a record of loneliness and heartbreak, the longing felt for an alternate reality in which mistakes went unmade & promises unbroken. But it’s not without hope. Kill for Love takes place at the time of night when what’s bleak seems romantic, & vice versa. The screen stays flashing in your mind. Is it something you imagined, this melodrama? The synthesizer cries…”your life is only a dream tonight.”