Diagrams, aka songwriter/producer Sam Genders, premiered the second single, “Gentle Morning Song”, off of his upcoming North American debut full-length, Chromatics, recently. Chromatics will arrive March 10, 2015 on Full Time Hobby (January 19 in UK/Europe). Of Chromatics, Genders said, “Relationships are a constant thread, in all their frustrating, exciting, mundane, beautiful, wonderful, sexy, scary glory. And there’s lots of hope in the songs. They shouldn’t be taken too literally mind you… in my head Chromatics is life in Technicolor; with all its ups and downs.”
Genders would be the first to call Diagrams, a collaborative process, featuring a rolling cast of inspirational musicians. The album includes vocals from, amongst friends and family members, The Smoke Fairies, whilst the skilled brass and string arrangements come courtesy of Danyal Dhondy and Sam Ewens. “London’s greatest” drummers Karl Penney, and cacophony drummer Fletcher Adams provide the beats, whilst live band members Emma Black and Ben Malitskie lend their expertise of baritone saxophone and viola. “Brain” meanwhile, was co-written with long-time friend and collaborator Matt McKenzie and features an in utero recording of his son James’ heartbeat. Yet it is the partnership with producer Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts/David Byrne/Brian Eno/Jon Hopkins/Marianne Faithful). After a long search, Abrahams was picked to piece all parts together and as a result Genders found himself writing songs that worked across a variety of production styles.