CURRENT: Chromatics – “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around”

Among the many great projects featuring Johnny Jewel, Chromatics has always been the group I gravitated towards when needing a dose of his slick, icy Italo-disco soundscapes. With “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around,” the band is in the midst of one of their largest songs to date. The guitar riff that helps split the song open on the chorus is one of the most emphatic moments in their discography. Chromatics, along with Jewel’s other creations, have mainly stood on the periphery, and intentionally so. If the first two glimpses of Dear Tommy are anything to go by, this time we’ll find Chromatics standing in the center of the frame. They’re ready for their close-up.

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