London’s Polychrome have released an absolutely gorgeous single, ‘Final Kiss’ off their forthcoming sel-titled debut album. ‘Final Kiss’ is lush, dreamy electro pop at its best: layered synths, insistent riffs, crisp production and soft, breathy, enigmatic vocals that would perfectly accompany a Nicolas Winding Refn movie. It is a mesmerising, intoxicating sound full of melancholy and dreaming:
This song recalls the eighties vibes of electronic bands like M83 and one of the original purveyors of dream pop, The Cocteau Twins.
East-London-based Polychrome are made up of Oliver of The Bronze Medallists and Victoria of Victoria and Jacob. Victoria and Jacob have been championed by the likes of NME, Time Out, The Line of Best Fit, Uncut and DIY to name a few, and have also supported The Mystery Jets, Com Truise, Daughter, and Katy B. Oliver, frontman of indie electronica band Bronze Medallists (also solo performer/activist Olly the Octopus AKA ‘Boris Johnson’s Nemesis’ – City AM), has worked with the likes of Lucy Rose, Mt Wolf, L.A. Salami, and been supported by Radio 1, Radio X, Radio 2, and 6music to name a few.
Of the single, Victoria says ‘Final Kiss was one of my favourites to work on as I directed the production. I really wanted a vintage sound, and managed to pick up a harmonica mic that I found in a bargain bin. I’ve got a Juni 106 keyboard and a 107 drum-machine keyboard at home that I also recorded to gain the backbone for this track. I’m big on female production and songwriting and seeing how male-led the industry is drives me harder. Olly is always happy to let me take the driving seat as he trusts my style and skill.’
The production stands out, delivering one of the catchiest and most enticing singles of the year so far. ‘Final Kiss’ is out now through Hilo Lohi Records, an independent musician’s collective working in the east of London.
Single artwork by Print Designer Lisa King whose work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and W Magazine, and has collaborated with Kylie Minogue.