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Kodacrome - Aftermaths

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Nice bright colors, the greens of summer? Whoops, that's Kodachrome. Kodacrome, on the other hand, offer nice bright synth melodies, reminiscent of something a stripped-down version of the Human League might do, on songs like "Buggy Bumper" even though vocalist Elissa sings with an understated and detached cool.

On "Strike the Gold" though Elissa's vocals are more in the forefront and the cut showcases the beauty of her voice and the vulnerability it can portray; about half way through the song though the gentle backing melody evolves into an insistent and percussion-heavy groove meant to pack the dance floor.

With a bit of darkness added by throbbing bass, "Dripstone" sounds like something that maybe was inspired by the work of Gary Numan while "Mugshot" will draw comparisons to Goldfrapp. The album ends with Elissa once again waxing breathy on the sublime "The City is Burning."

Some listeners will hear a throwback to New Wave throughout Aftermaths and some will hear nods to modern acts like Santigold, but all will hear a very solid effort that goes a long way to establishing the unique sound of Kodacrome on this their second release. The band is a duo; multi-instrumentalist Ryan provides the music beds.

Order the 12" LP, 180 gram vinyl here. Don't have a turntable? You can get the digital version of the album here.

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