There’s been some confusion among Chromatics fans about an album called Chromatics by indie-rock band Diagrams. In addition to the confusing album title, the release features cover art that invokes the Italians Do It Better visual pastiche that label guru and producer Johnny Jewel has worked for years to create.
It has been available for pre-order on iTunes, and some people are mistaking it for Chromatics’ forthcoming February release, Dear Tommy. Chromatics fans can, by all means, pre-order that Diagrams record if they want to, but they shouldn’t expect a Johnny record. It’s some dude in the UK who has, whether intentionally or not, created a bit of confusion in the marketplace.
I first caught wind of the issue on Chromatics’ Facebook page on Dec. 28. A representative of the band (probably Johnny), typing in IDIB’s characteristic caps lock, cleared up any fog that might have eroded any clarity surrounding Dear Tommy.