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.

What really ties Automanic together is Krief’s songwriting — lyrics that are at once earnest and abstract, personal poetry with universal reach — and a sound encompassing myriad shades of contemporary pop and rock, from dreamy shoegazing soundscapes to anthemic rock balladry.