Dead eyes opened
I think the Chromatics are gonna have a big 2006, they've got new music all over the interweb and barely any of it has been released officially yet (except for last year's great "Healer" / "Witness" 12" on Troubleman). Once an art-damaged four- or five-piece, Chromatics are down to just Adam Miller and Lena Okazaki, and the newfound minimalism suits them fine, just like how Broadcast made maybe their best album after they shed half their members. Produced by Johnny Jewel from Glass Candy, Chromatics tap into that same late-nite disco vibe, only with less disco and more blank stares. "Jade, Diamonds, Rubies" is from a Chromatics tour CD-R, Unreleased TMU Sessions; I just found "The Guest" this morning on their MySpace page, where you can also download "Healer" and "Nite" (slated for a forthcoming 12").