Chromatics is an indie electro group from Portland, Oregon that’s been making music for the last 12 years. Their sound is cool and cinematic, so much so that some guy on the radio this week was talking about how Nicolas Winding Refn cut his 2011 cult movie Drive to their music, though ultimately, Tick of the Clock was the only track to feature in the film.
Cherry is the band’s brand new song and it may finally help them court some attention in their home country. The worry is that they may be perceived as being too cool for school, especially when we consider that Karl Lagerfeld invited them to play at the Chanel Spring Summer 2013 fashion show in Paris last month where the band was placed above the runway overlooking the catwalk, tasked with enhancing the hip factor by performing their greatest hits, hits that most people in attendance never even knew were great.
Cherry is a good song, dreamy and spaced out. Lead singer Ruth Radelet is comparable to a latter day Debbie Harry, though the group’s sound is more redolent of the British electro post-punk movement that brought about bands like New Order and Depeche Mode. In that sense Cherry is classic alternative music, the kind that’s been evergreen for more than a generation.