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“Electrophonic Chronic” is the second studio album by the Arcs, a side project of Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys. It was released on 27 January 2023, under Auerbach’s label Easy Eye Sound.
The album was conceived as a follow-up to the Arcs’ debut album “Yours, Dreamily” (2015), and it features the original lineup of the band. The recording took place primarily before the death of Richard Swift in 2018. The sessions occurred at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studios in Nashville, Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan, and Leon Michels’ Diamond Mine Studio in Queens, New York. Auerbach and Michels co-produced the album.
The band announced the album on 13 October 2022, along with the release of the lead single “Keep on Dreamin'”. The album’s second single, “Heaven Is a Place,” was released on 10 November 2022, along with a visualiser paying tribute to Swift. Subsequent singles include “Eyez” and “Sunshine,” the latter being accompanied by a music video directed by Roboshobo.
Despite the critical acclaim for “Electrophonic Chronic,” the Arcs stated that they have no plans to tour in support of the album or to record new music. Leon Michels reflected on the band’s intense period of creativity with Swift and David Berman, describing it as “insane manic creative energy that was unsustainable.”
The album received widespread praise from critics. Bud Scoppa of Uncut praised Auerbach’s vocals and guitar work, giving the album an 8 out of 10 rating. Christopher Connor of Clash called it worth the wait for fans, highlighting its balance of psychedelia and meditative moments. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic noted that “Electrophonic Chronic” plays like an old-fashioned long-player anchored in R&B, offering a heady experience and a worthy tribute to Swift.
A1 Keep On Dreamin’
A3 Heaven Is A Place
A4 Califone Interlude
B1 A Man Will Do Wrong
B2 Behind The Eyes
B3 Backstage Mess
B4 Sporting Girls Interlude
B5 Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore
B6 Only One For Me
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