Last year Hundredth frontman, Chadwick Johnson, unveiled his new solo project, Pure Violet, with two impressively formed singles. Now, Johnson has returned with, “Glass,” a kinetic cut of shimmering dream-pop, and a hint at what to expect from Pure Violet‘s debut full length, coming later this year.
Pure Violet is an enigmatic project with “Glass” joining only two prior singles—the rhythmic stunners “Garden” and “Numb“—but each track boasts truly undeniable hooks that beg to be revisited. “Glass” finds Johnson expanding even further into the melodic territory hinted at on Hundredth’s critically acclaimed album, RARE, with perhaps his most infectious chorus to date. Pure Violet‘s gloomy pop blends crisp electronic drum beats with warm synthesizers and Johnson’s reverb-laden voice, effortlessly recalling elements of post-punk, dream-pop, and shoegaze from the ’80s and ’90s while bringing a fresh energy to the sound.