Photo by Holly Andres
It’s fitting that Lizzy Ellison experiences synesthesia–seeing colors when she hears different tones–because Radiation City’s music is a colorful concoction. Ellison formed the band with her partner Cameron Spies in Portland, Oregon in 2010, and across several albums, Radiation City has zeroed in on a mixture of synth-pop and percussive rock.
But for the band’s third album, Ellison and Spies’ on-again, off-again relationship provided its own spark. Working with producer John Vanderslice, Radiation City poured its emotional energy into Synesthetica. It’s all there in the title: a merging of the synthetic with the real. “Milky White” takes these ideas to heart, alternating between shadow and day-glo exuberance. Download the song below and catch Radiation City live in Studio 1A today at 3:30 p.m. They’re also playing tonight at the Sidewinder.