Former Judah Johnson frontman Daniel Johnson blends several genres on a foundation of glimmering synths and electronic beats for his excellent second solo album Extracolor. Many of the tracks would be dancefloor-ready if the soulful melodies didn't draw you into the big ideas he's singing about. Themes of isolation, redemption, and forgiveness are intensified by the cinematic shape of each track, like the yearning "All the Way" and the moving ballad "Broke," which proves that the synthesizer can be used to create melodies as colorful as a Debussy prelude. Emotional honesty rarely comes off sounding this sexy, and the polish Johnson gives these tracks makes those colors shine brightly.
Worth a Listen: "One More Time"