Favorite Song Right Now: CHROMATICS "Just Like You"

Graham LeBron
02 13, 2015

Johnny Jewel, the mastermind behind one of my favorite labels, Italians Do It Better, has been busy this past year and he's showing no signs of slowing. In addition to scoring Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, soon he'll be releasing the follow up album to Chromatics' 2012 masterpiece, Kill For Love, entitled Dear Tommy. Yesterday, he dropped the first single from it on soundcloud, entitled Just Like You. It is a free download, and he says he'll be releasing a single a week from the album until its release in March. For free. Who says downloading is killing music? This guy writes, records and produces for several bands (Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire, Symmetry), runs a label, scores films, and stays active in their mail order store and on the facebook page. The last time new merch went up in the Italians Do It Better store, it sold out within minutes. This label is doing everything right, releasing impeccable albums with timeless artwork, creating a mystique all their own, and most importantly, treating their fans well. And I haven't even mentioned what it sounds like. A woozy, downtempo torch song buoyed by classic analog electronics and Ruth Radelet's mesmerizing alto. Keep an eye on these folks.

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