Automanic Red and Automanic Blue are two autonomous records bound by bad times: The project was inspired by the heartbreak, grief, despair and fear that followed a devastating string of deaths in Krief’s life.

Krief, who was a member of Montreal’s The Dears for over a decade, likens the vibes of the two records as Thursday night and Sunday morning: Automanic Red is Thursday night, the reckless kick-off to the weekend, while Automanic Blue is Sunday morning, filled with moments of sober reflection.