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Coda Chroma’s self-titled alt-pop/psych-folk debut album is the conjoined brainchild of songwriter Kate Lucas and producer Damien Charles. The musical terrain laid out here is wonderfully vast, from the darkly empathic opening track “Camera” to the muscular chromatic pop of “Fishing Line,” the smouldering soul confession that is “No One But You” all the way to the woozy, hypnotic finale “Indian Summer,” we are led through a kaleidoscopic world that shimmers with flecks of gold and grit.

Four years in the making, the tracks that made it on to the album were scooped from the deluge of music that Kate generated in her mid twenties. Sometimes candid, sometimes abstract, the songs are pictures of real and alternate realities, vexed love, resilience, and nostalgia for the unknown.
The single “Fishing Line” sees Kate engage in a self-reflective pep talk in the aftermath of a string of tough encounters with love. Of the track she says “Sometimes you have to be your own mother and set yourself straight. Remember your worth and what it is you actually want and deserve.” Accompanied by a music video created by Blank Tape “Fishing Line” is the feature track off the album, officially out Friday 7th of April on vinyl through Buttercup Records (pre-order via Bandcamp) and on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.


Featuring performances by a host of Melbourne’s leading musicians, Coda Chroma’s self titled album was recorded in Damien’s boutique studio “Ghost Oak,” with rare analogue synths and post-production-sparkly-bits recorded at “The Barn,” Wally de Backer’s home studio in country Victoria. The drums were recorded in the floating orchestral room at Oaklands Production studio in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, while some cameo parts were recorded outdoors, foley style.

After a release lead up that included the single “Car Tapes” being added to the Double J playlist, a slot in the Music Victoria Crawl #1 tour, supports with Husky, Ainslie Wills, and Jordie Lane, Coda Chroma are set to celebrate the release of their debut album with a live show at The Northcote Social Club on 23rd of April 2017 with special guest Hannah Cameron (pre-sale tickets available now). Launch shows in regional Victoria still to be announced, details will be made available at www.codachroma.com. Catch them live before they head off to the UK and Europe in May!

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released April 7, 2017

All songs written by Kate Lucas/produced and engineered by Damien Charles

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Track Name: Camera
CAMERA

I look through the lens
Something about it
that’s always made sense to me
Perfectly framed
I remember the first colours and shades
You were wearing my friend
I keep a still of that day in my mind
And it all bleeds into gold now
And we put it all on show now

And my camera can only hope
To capture a fragment of
The deep and the dark things
Pull at you hearts strings

My future depends
On good looking light
And a discerning eye
No I don’t mean to stare
I’m just admiring the shape that you’re taking on
I can see your old man
In the way you raise your eyebrow

And my camera can only hope
To capture a fragment of
The deep and the dark things
Pull at you hearts strings

I’m keeping a record
Of you at your best in
In a beautiful dress
When this day is gone
I hope that these photos
Will help you recall
Track Name: No One But You
Don’t be gone when I get home
I wanna find you where I left you yeah
Early this morning
When I got dressed in the dark
you lay dreaming
And as I walked away I felt a great
Stirring in my heart

I don’t care if people think its
Happening too soon
I don’t want to spend my life with
Anyone but you

I could be wrong but there’s something in the way
I hear you talk about us to all your friends
Makes me think you feel the same
I don’t wanna get too heavy
And frighten you away
But this time baby this time
I don’t just wanna play

I don’t care if people think its
Happening too soon
I don’t want to spend my life with
Anyone but you
No one but you
No one but you
No one but you
Yeah

I don’t care if people think its
Happening too soon
I don’t want to spend my life with
Anyone but you
Track Name: Fishing Line
Better to have tried
Aint a shadow of a lie
Though its over
Better to know the pain
Than never feel anything

But its best to walk away
In the cool light of the day
When you discover
It wasn’t really true
He only liked the idea of you
And it doesn’t leave you much
Room to move

I bide my time
And hold on tightly to my fishing line
I’ll know when its right
To start reeling in with all my might

Easier to dream
Of what could or might have been
Than remember
The trouble it took
You shuddered and shook
For so long after

Simpler to say
I got lost along the way
Than confessing
I knew it was wrong
But I did it anyway
I can see that I made a mistake

I bide my time
And hold on tightly to my fishing line
I’ll know when its right
To start reeling in with all my might

My little boat is swaying
As I go rolling over the waves
I’ll stay til late
While the familiar harbour awaits


One, two, three, four, five
Once I caught a fish alive
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten
Then I let him go again
Why did you let him go?
Because he bit my finger so
Which finger did he bite?
This little finger on the right
Track Name: Holiday
It begins like any other day
I sift through the fog ’til I’m awake
That dream I had is gonna be hard to shake
It sits on my shoulder like a big ol’ bird of prey

And I think its a sign
that I need holiday I have over-stayed
For the sake of my mind
I need a holiday gotta save my pay

I had a chance to win if i’d have played it straight
But long suffering seems to be my forte

And I’ve made up my mind
I need a holiday, I have over-stayed
Everything would be fine
If I had a holiday, gotta go today
Because I feel like I’m dying

And I think its a sign that
I need holiday, I have over-stayed
And I’ve made up my mind
I wan a holiday better save my pay
Because I feel like its time
I got to get away - I’m going crazy
For the sake of my mind
Track Name: Interlude No.4
Does the noise in my head bother you?
No
Track Name: Ants
They see in ultraviolet
They have no private life to speak of
They move in almost silence
There’s no room for personal ambition
I like to watch them walking
Along the concrete in my garden
Communicating in their secret language

They make so much more sense in comparison to humans

They know the pain of torture
From the sun and magnifying glasses
They’re braver than they ought to be sometimes

They make so much more sense in comparison to humans

They live underground in a perfect way
They live underground
Track Name: Enough Time
Fast as lightning, quick as a wink
I barely even had a chance to think
Just like that the tender day has disappeared
Quick as silver, swift as the wind
Feels like its over even before it begins
Ready set go and we start all over again

I never have enough time
Never have enough
Wasting an hour is a crime
When you’re trying to keep up

You excite my sense of purpose
So good at what you do it all seems worth it
You make me wanna stay home and work all night
Burning both ends of the candle
Why’s it gotta be such an uphill battle
Its never easy to keep the balance right

I never have enough time
Never have enough
Wasting an hour is a crime
When you’re trying to keep up

I never have, I never have enough time
I never have, I never have enough time
I never have, I never have enough time
I never have, I never have enough time

I never have enough time
Never have enough
Wasting an hour is a crime
When you’re trying to keep up
Track Name: Bull In A China Shop
Why did I go and say so much
I find it hard to gauge
When enough’s enough
Like a bull in a china shop
I’m stumbling around in the dark
Why did I go and say so much

And now you’re gonna go all quiet
And hold your cards to your chest
Just a little bit tighter
And my thoughts they’ll go round and around
And you won’t dare to make a sound
Now you’re gonna go all quiet

But I never meant to make you hurt
If I could I would eat my words
And I never meant to make you sad
If I could I would take it all back

I guess its just the way I was raised
When you didn’t understand you had to find a way
We always had to drag things out
Shed a little light on doubt
I guess its just the way I was raised

Oh but I know it isn’t how you grew
You had to keep it to yourself
If you knew what was good for you
But you don’t need to do that now
You could try to let it out somehow
But I know it isn’t how you grew

And I never meant to go so far
Now you’re driving off in your car
And I’m looking at your red tail lights
Wondering if you’re gonna come back tonight
Track Name: Car Tapes
Out here on the highway
Where its only us
If I had it my way
We’d take the longest road

I like to sit beside her
So I can hear
I f I have the right words
And delivery yeah

I learned what I know
Listening to car tapes
Harmonising to
Stranger’s heart breaks

Further we go
Through the Great Divide
Where the natives grow
And animals hide
The sound of the motor
Rising and falling
Turn the tape over
And hear the voices calling

I learned what I know
Listening to car tapes
Harmonising to
Stranger’s heart breaks
Calling from far away
Back in the day
Track Name: Indian Summer
Indian summer
Indian summer
Hailed from the dog star
You’re the brightest on show
You’re temporary
Making no promises
You don’t belong here
But I don’t want you to go

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You go against the ebb and the flow

My body was aching
Cold to the bone
I’d nearly forgotten just how low it could go
Then out of nowhere
Straight from a daydream
Your chance revival
Is a welcome forgery

Veh-ra-nino-de-san-martino
You go against the ebb and the flow
Veh-ra-nino-de-san-martino
You come on fast, why don’t you go slow?

Veh-ra-nino-de-san-martino
You go against the ebb and the flow
Veh-ra-nino-de-san-martino
You come on fast, why don’t you go slow?

Life is a one man game
You don’t get another one
I believe its a one track train
We’re all riding on