On the whole, Chromatics is a well-meaning collection of fairly eclectic rock which will find favour among fans of the previous generation of spacey-indie types. It doesn't stray very far from this template, but does just enough to suggest Genders has a few more strings to his bow. In the end, 'The Light and the Noise' is probably the clearest indication of its temper: a giddy, smooth, mid-tempo rocker with glistening psych edges that aren't allowed to impinge on the cogency of the whole. It's just a nice thing to be around.
‘Dirty Broken Bliss’ is another mover, maybe borrowing slightly from some of The Flaming Lips’ ‘Yoshimi…’: it’s anime, it’s youthful and it’s brilliant. Elsewhere, ‘Brain’ smashes together a bit of Pink Floyd with a gentler Arcade Fire, leaving space for the sound of a child’s heartbeat.
There are darker moments too, like the eerie vocals and wind swept landscape sounds of ‘Shapes’ or the heart-breaking love song ‘Just A Hair’s Breadth’, Genders singing about CGI while backed by reverbing brass and swirling strings before escalating into something Glen Campbell would be proud of.
Even with these moments, this is a feel-good record. It makes you feel good. It’s about love and life and happiness and positivity without being the slightest bit sloppy. It’s the perfect accompaniment to bashing away the January blues and starting 2015 with a smile on your face.
Diagrams kommt leider nur für zwei Konzerte nach Deutschland:
13.02.15 Berlin, Comet Club
14.02.15 Hamburg. Molotow