Dark synth-pop duo Kodacrome borrow their name from the first commercial film to offer vivid color photo stills and movie film. Ironically, the film’s developers—Leopold Godowsky Jr. and Leopold Mannes—were also musicians. Kodacrome fittingly layer their soundscapes with a spectrum of color and emotion; vocalist/keyboardist Elissa LeCoque’s voice swims around a litany of pattering beats, seductive samples and warbling hooks, weaving a stark contrast of organic melodies and digital textures. Following the Brooklyn-based group’s 2014 LP Aftermaths, LeCoque and programmer, percussionist and keyboardist Ryan Casey are debuting new track “Oh, You Two,” exclusively on Paste.
Further diving into their multimedia legacy, Kodacrome spent the last year crafting a moody video that merges marionettes and stop-motion into an arresting fever dream of one unnamed character’s exploration of rural wells. A stylistic mesh of Jan Svankmajer, The Brothers Quay and David Lynch, the video will debut on Dec. 3 at Rough Trade in New York City, accompanied by a live performance. Until then, the group has provided a photo series of the miniature pieces meticulously sculpted and painted in the gallery above. For more information on Kodacrome, check out their website.