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We sat down to chat with Luxley, a New Orleans musician and bartender, about his new album, Chromatics, and how it's been influenced by living with chromesthesia, in which heard sounds automatically and involuntarily evoke an experience of color.

First of all — can you tell us a little bit about your experience with chromesthesia?

The experiences can be very vivid. The first time I remember seeing colors was when I was driving and listening to music. I had to pull over to the side of the road because I started seeing faint streaks of colors. I actually didn’t know the name of the condition at the time until I read a neuropsychology book called Musicophelia, written by Oliver Sacks

The colors are more subdued if I choose to suppress any music around me. On the other hand, if I consciously think about the music around me, it brings more color to my eyes. It’s one the main reasons why I love playing music. 

And how has this influenced your new record?

Each track on the Chromatics conveys 3 different colors that I see, and some of them are shown in the photographic artwork for the album.

Chromatics is a departure from my last record. I sing less on it and it focuses more on synth textures, glitch pop electronics, and driving drum machines.  As for the vocals, I purposely didn't have a vision for them. I wrote, mixed, and mastered all of the songs by myself in my room.

You recently released your first track from Chromatics – No. 4 – and will soon be releasing the newest track, Take A Chance. Tell us a bit about the new track.

The song is called Take A Chance because it’s about taking a chance to trust someone who wants to create something more beautiful with you. The lyrics tell a story about two people who are struggling to move forward in their relationship. One of them wants to have a more vibrant romance together, while the other wants to have something more emotionless because he/she is scared of being vulnerable. It’s the only track with my vocals on it.

You can listen to Take A Chance ahead of its official release here.

All photos by Ollie Alexander / Styled by Justine Bird
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