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CHROMA KEY

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United States


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CHROMA KEY is one and maybe the most interesting of the works of keyboard player Kevin Moore. Kevin Moore is maybe more know for his albums with U.S.A. prog metal band DREAM THEATER ("When Dream And Day Unite", "Images & Words", "Live At Marquee" and "Awake") and his collaboration with also U.S.A. prog metal band FATES WARNING ("Chasing Time" and "A Pleasant Shade Of Grey") but thatīs another story...

CHROMA KEY sound can be described like a "intimite and melancholic space rock", thatīs what you feel when you hear his music. First album "Dead Air For Radios" saw the light in 1998 with the production of Steve Tushar and receive very good reviews and also was the debut on vocals of Kevin Moore, this one was follow with a limited EP called "Colorblind" with some demo and edit versions. Two years after the release of debut album "You Go Now" was published, also with the same producer and same sound that previous work, but with a more mature compositions. Kevin Moore is a kind of "Non Stop Head", always with new ideas, collaborating with other bands and musicians and enveloped in new projects. For the true Kevin Moore collectors to say that he had made some remix songs and collaborations in several works like O.S.T. "Sonic Adventure Remix", CARBON 12īs "Very Harsh Frequencies", ONīs "Make Belive" and V/Aīs "The Black Album" (An Industrial tribute to METALLICA); also you can buy through his page a Kevin Moore album called "This Is A Recording" wich contains early demos, unreleased track and outtakes from all his career.

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4.05 | 147 ratings
Dead Air for Radios
1998
3.47 | 84 ratings
You Go Now
2000
3.78 | 66 ratings
Graveyard Mountain Home
2004
3.80 | 10 ratings
Ghost Book
2004
4.11 | 9 ratings
Shine
2010

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3.50 | 2 ratings
This Is A Recording
1999

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3.33 | 3 ratings
Music Meant To Be Heard
1995
2.25 | 4 ratings
Colorblind
1999

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 Graveyard Mountain Home  by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.78 | 66 ratings

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Review by amirima

5 stars 'Graveyard Mountain Home' is a unique masterpiece of art. Kevin Moore chooses an educational film, slows the movie down so that the time of it doubles to 53 minutes (the length of the album), then composing and arranging the music over the movie.

This album proves that simplicity breeds beauty. There exists such an overwhelming meaning in this album that almost everyone may feel connected to it.

The atmosphere is rather heavy, greyish and mysterious. Creativity lurks in every corner. Kevin just knows how to beautifully express himself in simple chords, melodies, arpeggios and rhymes. The lyrics are short and full of emotions at times.

If you are looking forward to finding meaning in music listen to this album.

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 Dead Air for Radios by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.05 | 147 ratings

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Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars After listening to the side projects of Kevin Moore (OSI and Chroma Key) you can only discover that he is a complete genius and a master in playing the keyboards and composing. Sometimes I wonder why Dream Theater decided to leave him. Was it because of the musical direction intended with his ideas? (Just check Space Dye Vest, for me one of the best songs of Dream Theater) Maybe he would have changed Dream Theater's sound in order not to be so repetitive as it is nowadays. Chroma Key is his side solo project where he uses some musicians to support. The project is really cool, with lots of environmental effects, a keyboard dominion, and the rest of the instruments getting along perfectly to suit wonderful melodies. All the album is perfect, especially for gloomy and cloudy days! Something really different you must have in your collection!

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 You Go Now  by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.47 | 84 ratings

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Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars After the surprising Dead Air for Radios, Chroma Key's second album continued in the same style and sound. It's not that I was hoping for a style change, but the song quality suffers a bit from too much sameness, mainly due to the static mood of the pieces.

The album takes a tremendous start though, Get Back In The Car is such a pure and touching piece of melancholic trip rock that instantly sets me into 5 star mode. Moore is brilliant in mixing space rock, post rock, soft jazz and electro into his own unique type of lounge prog, for lack of a better name. Another Permanent Address is very similar but less compelling. Also Astronaut Down dwells in the same space and with a much better result. Great song.

More nice surprises come from two very atmospheric tracks. Nice To Know and the instrumental Lunar. Also When You Drive melts the trip hop of Massive Attack into deliciously lazy soft jazz. The remaining tracks, Subway, Please Hang Up and You Go Now don't do much for me.

I think that a greater diversity in mood and some progression from the previous album might have made for a more inspiring listen. On this album I miss the sweat of an artist challenging himself. Nevertheless, it's a good album with many strong tracks.

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 Dead Air for Radios by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.05 | 147 ratings

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Review by Bonnek
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4 stars I got into Kevin Moore's Chroma Key project via OSI. A logical entry point as Chroma Key is also keyboard and song-oriented, it has no musical connection whatsoever to that band Moore had left a few years earlier.

For fans of OSI, this band has the exact same song creativity and rich keyboards on offer, be it without any guitars. But they aren't missed. The piano, samples, synths, subtle drum rhythms and Moore's poignant vocals have the focus, building lush arrangements with a pervading dreamy melancholic mood we all know from Pink Floyd. The keyboards are never showing off any virtuosity but they are very functional and inspiring. Next to a few instrumentals, the songs all have verse chorus structures and display qualities that could convince Floyd fans as easily as lovers of Depeche Mode or even the Cure. Highlight tracks worth checking out would be Colorblind, Even the Waves, Undertow and On The Page.

With his first official album, Kevin Moore reveals he's more than just a keyboard player, his song writing skills along with his limited but touching voice make this into a most charming little album. Recommended to fans of The Wall and anybody else looking for some really great melancholic music.

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 You Go Now  by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.47 | 84 ratings

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Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by JLocke
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4 stars Post-Rock meets Trip-Hop meets Space-Rock . . . being played by a Prog Metal keyboardist? What?

Yes, that's right. For those who don't know, Chroma Key is a musical project by ex-Dream Theater band member, Kevin Moore (or as Mike Portnoy lovingly refers to him, 'Kevin No-Moore'). But what are we to expect with this? Not metal, that's for damn sure. If you go into this expecting Images and Words the sequel, you're going to be sorely disappointed. So throw away any preconceptions you may have had about this, and embrace it for what it is: really amazing music!

Moore's duties on this effort are multiple; he sings, plays keyboards and bass. Drums and guitars are handled by others, but this is essentially a solo project in many ways, and of course, it is much more scaled-down as a result when compared to his other projects. But that's okay; it makes Chroma Key very special and unique.

Don't expect hard-rocking Prog epics, here; that's not what it's about. But this is very beautiful, placid, ambient music that is full of heart and worth trying out. I just love how the guy is able to mix all of these soaring soundscapes together in such a successful way. Perhaps it was best that he left Dream Theater when he did; perhaps he could sense that he would be limited musically had he stayed with them. Obviously, he could have theoretically been able to do both his other projects and be in Dream Theater, but maybe he felt staying with those guys wouldn't allow him enough time to work as hard on this other, more experimental stuff.

But whatever the reason, I am very impressed with Mr. Moore, and Chroma Key is something that surprised the hell out of me. I had no Idea I would love this music so much, or so quickly. It's not what you would expect when you hear the name 'Kevin Moore', but please don't allow that to ruin your opinion of this work. It's really quite refreshing, and while much more focused on mood and atmosphere rather than complex song structures and the like, it doesn't make it any less innovative, progressive or enjoyable.

I'm giving You Go Now a 3.8 out of 5. It's worth trying out if you like smooth, jazzier Space-Rock stylings.

Happy listening.

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 You Go Now  by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.47 | 84 ratings

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Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by UMUR
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3 stars You Go Now is the 2nd full-length studio album by US experimental/ progressive pop/ rock act Chroma Key. Chroma Key is the brainchild of former Dream Theater keyboard player Kevin Moore. Chroma Key should be counted as his solo project as he plays just about everything except guitar on the album.

The music is relaxed and ambient pop/ rock with a slight experimental/ progressive edge. Lots of programmed sounds and samples ( I love the samples about Apollo 11 in Lunar) on top of programmed drums, synth layers and Kevin Mooreīs almost sedated vocals. His vocals are melancholic and soothing to the ear but the his range is limited and the emotional outcome is rather one-dimensional. I really enjoy this album on occasion but I have to be in the right mood to enjoy music this relaxed. There are not enough melodic hooks here IMO which is a bit of a shame because when those hooks appear the music really reaches a higher level. Fortunately the 39:17 playing time is just perfect, and I donīt reach a point where my mind drifts which could easily have happened had the album been a bit longer.

The production is professional and suits the music well. The drum sound doesnīt always appeal to me though. Itīs a bit anonymous and lacks warmth.

You Go Now doesnīt exactly make my blood boil but itīs a very good album and if Iīm in the mood for some relaxed and ambient pop/ rock this album more than applies. Most of the time the album ends up as pleasant background music though but itīs possible to listen to the album and get a bit more out of it than that. A 3 star rating is warranted.

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 You Go Now  by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.47 | 84 ratings

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Review by jampa17
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4 stars A step closer to ambient experimental music...

You have to come to this realase with an open mind -yeah, your'e a prog fan so you have it, but I've seen more critics inside the prog fans than in the mainstream music-. The music is full of synths, patches, and a lot of keyboard layers that surrounds Kevin Moore's voice and the result is like a convulsive dream... the moods are kind of sad and cynic, and the music is slow and kind of dreamy...

Is similar to his previous work, Dead Air For Radios, but a lot more electronic, there are less pianos and drums, and there's more synth and drum programing... the robotic voice of Moore give a lot of space to wonder what he's saying through the words... like he's always meaning something else than what he's saying, so is nice to put him attention...

About production and quality, is a tip top... but I guess the difficult part to appriciate is the instrumentation... there's no too much of it... there's good amount of music, but there's no solos or something to show off... pure ambient and all the songs work for that goal... get a proper ambient of this space-ambient music...

Needs a lot of hearing and you most have to be in the mood to this kind of music. It's special to hear with headphones... what a journey... just close your eyes and enjoy... I'm about to do it... just nice...

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 You Go Now  by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2000
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Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Una Laguna

4 stars This album is very similar to its predecessor. Dead Air for Radios and You Go Now both feature laid-back piano/synth-led tracks with Moore's trademark vocals and lyrics. The similarities mostly end there. That makes it sound like they must be very different albums, but they're not. There's a couple of very big similarities and many smaller differences. The differences do add up, though: without knowing the individual tracks, you could probably tell the difference between a DAFR track and a YGN track.

Comparing two albums ignores the objective of a review: you read an album review to find out about the album you've clicked on. But to compare this album with Moore's previous Chroma Key album is perhaps the easiest way to review You Go Now (that, plus it's getting late and I'm lazy). So, if you've not heard Dead Air for Radios, here's the potted summary: straightforward, atmospheric, keyboard-driven songs similar in structure to Peter Gabriel's work, with Kevin Moore's plain and soothing voice singing down-to-earth lyrics. That's a long sentence, but if you can stomach it, it gives you the gist. Or, you could read the reviews on the DAFR page. Your choice.

Comparing YGN and DAFR is sensible because YGN is a progression from DAFR: it takes what DAFR started and brings it on to the next level. DAFR was Kevin Moore with some session musicians (who happened to be from Fates Warning as I recall). In contrast, YGN is a collaborative effort between Kevin Moore and guitarist David Iscove. Iscove's guitarwork adds a lot to the album in terms of the atmospherics, and Moore's synth and keyboardwork has developed further from the first album (many tracks use the crackling of old vinyls to add to the atmosphere). Lyrically, the album feels more concentrated than DAFR: most of the tracks use some sort of metaphor or audio sample related to astronauts (Moore said in an interview that astronauts were used a lot as metaphors for loneliness). This means that as an album, YGN holds together much stronger than DAFR, and feels more cohesive.

In terms of the actual songs, the two albums feel very similar in terms of quality. I would say YGN has the edge over DAFR. DAFR was more variable in terms of quality, but YGN is more consistent and generally has the bar raised a bit higher (likely due to Moore's maturing as a songwriter).

Both albums have mellow tracks with distorted vocals (Colorblind and Mouse on DAFR and Get Back in the Car and Subway on YGN). Both albums have one energetic track (On the Page from DAFR and Astronaut Down from YGN). However, when you compare the number of "normal" tracks (that is, standard song structure with no bonuses like distorted vocals) and ambient tracks, you notice a shift. DAFR has four "normal" songs (Even the Waves, Undertow, American the Video, S.O.S.) whereas YGN has just two (Another Permanent Address, Nice to Know). And this is where you really notice the shift: DAFR has two ambient tracks (Camera 4, Hell Mary), and YGN has four (Lunar, When You Drive, Please Hang Up, You Go Now).

That was an incredibly long-winded way of saying there's a greater shift towards instrumental ambient tracks on this album. There's a much greater Brian Eno influence evident on this album, the spacey tracks with their guitars and synth sounds greatly reminiscent of Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks. If you listen to the third Chroma Key album, Graveyard Mountain Home, you can see a trend in the albums towards more ambient, instrumental pieces and fewer straightfoward songs.

There are some wonderful songs on this album. Get Back in the Car is a dreamy, atmospheric piece. Another Permanent Address is a mellow, emotionally-charged song which rivals Space-Dye Vest in its beauty (note that Another Permanent Address doesn't have arrangements by a progressive metal band, though). You Go Now is one of my favourite ambient tracks of all time, simple yet haunting in its atmosphere.

Unlike DAFR, there are no tracks which I feel an urge to skip. It's a question of "Which tracks are less good?" rather than "Which tracks aren't very good?" The weakest track is probably When You Drive, a mellow, almost minimalistic track where the audio samples take centre stage (I prefer it when the music takes centre stage, myself). Lunar is also in the same category, but not so guilty: there's more music and the audio samples contribute to the atmosphere better.

The single biggest criticism I have is in the order tracks appear on the album. Like many prog fans, I'm a stickler for the album format: I don't say "which track shall I listen to now?" I say "Which album shall I listen to now?" As Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree fame) said, albums are supposed to take you on a musical journey. The trouble with You Go Now is that the first three tracks are all very samey. Get Back in the Car, Another Permanent Address and Nice to Know are three tracks which have a similar mellow feel, have the standard song structure and are about the same length. Individually, they are good songs, but stacked next to each other they feel monotonous and get boring. With the exception of Astronaut Down, the rest of the tracks on the album are much more ambient, much spacier. There IS variety on this album, but it hasn't been exploited. It doesn't do much to give you a good first impression. This is one of the few albums I know that would benefit from use of the shuffle button.

Moore's voice is for many a bone of contention. If you didn't like his voice on DAFR, you almost certainly won't enjoy it here. The only real difference is that he uses a smaller vocal range (he went quite high on On the Page as I recall). But his plain vocals DO fit the sound of the album and do complement it.

If you enjoyed Dead Air For Radios you will almost certainly enjoy You Go Now. If you enjoyed Graveyard Mountain Home... well, that's largely irrelvant as GMH is so much more different from the first two. This album is the transition from the first to the third Chroma Key album, which makes it a good starting point for Moore's post-Dream Theater career. If you had a choice between Dead Air For Radios and You Go Now, I would recommend You Go Now. A deep, atmospheric, emotional album. Highly recommended for anyone who values substance over style.

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 Graveyard Mountain Home  by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.78 | 66 ratings

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Review by jampa17
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4 stars Deep and Though ambient... kind of depresive and sad... but great still...

I always came to the music of Kevin Moore waiting for something that really makes me dive into another reality and let me flow into a strange ambient... this is really succeded in this particular album, wich is properly a soundtrack of a weird movie... that I don't have seen yet... and I really don't mind to...

Musicaly, the theme is repetitive and slow pace through the whole album. Someone could say is boring... but really you have to let you flow through... The samples, the repetitive keys, the soft guitars, his robotic voice, the slow drum kit, everything moves you to a relax environment where if you aloud yourself, you can discover depressive feelings... So yeah, is though to get into this album if your'e too happy or excited... is ideal before you go to bed, or in a rest time period... is really something that demands more than attention to the structure, it's just about an strange scape trhough deep emotions... guess Moore always was an emotion type and we find some in his Dream Theater fase...

So, for the prog fans, aloud yourself to let aside your addiction to fast and crazy rock solos and get you to another level of understanding of music... the feeling... yes, this is too sad for some people but that's the exciting thing, at least for me... music is about feelings... and this piece can really mess up your mind... and your emotions... so is good for the heart... really...

Then, listen to the speech in the song Human Love... is kind of crazy, but you really get somethings that you won't find nowhere else... I recomend this album for anyone who wants to get emotion from music... is very experimental and ambient... ideal to listen at night... 4 stars... it really worth it...!!!

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 Dead Air for Radios by CHROMA KEY album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.05 | 147 ratings

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Chroma Key Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by jampa17
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4 stars An unique journey... each time you play the CD...

To be completely honest, I'm sure must prog fans could hate this album, but non could denied the talent and the master mind of Kevin Moore... sure here there are not guitar solos, not a single one, there's not long epic songs, is difficult to listen a heavy driven guitar... this is just... different... but great in every department...

The album is oriented to piano, moody ambient and a lot of electronic samples. All works to make the journey very unique. The slow motion start of the album is perfect to set the mood... a lot of samples, piano and a very robotic-feelingless voice... just great... cause the lyrics are very cleaver, mental and left without too much emotion... but you have to feel the music, let you surrounded with the ambient to really discover what he really means... is very tricky and very ethereal...

Ok, for the prog fans... if you listen to the prog rock is cause you have an open mind -sure, must don't, but it suppossed to be- you might enjoy this strange journey... your'e warned, there's no long heavy fast music.. this is ambient-rock... or space-rock... that you should dive in to get a chance... but depends a lot in your mood... is better to hear at night, with the lights off... jajaja... but i'm being serious... really... and hear it as a whole piece... 'cause sometimes takes a while to dive in... for me is great, maybe one of my favorites albums... but for prog fans... I say.. .4 stars... 'cause it really woth it...!!!

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