CITY CALM DOWN.
So I’ve been a big ol’ fan of these boys for a fair bit. Since they first started a couple of years ago, through to last year’s signing to I OH YOU, to say that Melbourne’s City Calm Down have progressed a bit would be a freakin’ understatement. They’re still doing the moody, live dance vibe, but man, everything is so much more confident and tight.
At first, I was a little unsure about this new tack ‘Speak To No End’, but man, it really does have everything you’ve come to expect from a CCD track. That massive euphoric chorus, that slick slick slick bass line, and Jack Bourke‘s amazing vocal tone. And I love how the end isn’t just a big old jam out of the chorus. I like all that distortion that finishes the track, that manic distorted line that echoes Jack’s rather manic yelling.
The track is the first of two singles from the band’s debut full length. The second single, ‘Pavement’ is due out early next year.
As I heard it described a couple of days ago by maamf mate Nick Clarke over on the Poncho podcast, these guys are a career band. And, I think i’d have to agree. They do do that party dance stuff, but they create room in each release, so as to suggest a longer, more sustainable career than a lot of those other party bands.
I wasn’t sure either when I first heard ‘Speak To No End’, however, I do trust that when I’m not sure and the artist’s track record suggests not to dismiss I listen again and by the third listen, I got it and got it so loud and clear that in CCD’s creative process they know something I don’t. The magick is always in honing all that creative swirl of sound and make it coherent. This is music of the spheres, moody, pensive and full of elation. It takes me back to listening to the Cocteau Twins in their latter period when they wrote luscious tunes that either made you weep or burst with joy. Not that this track is like the Cocteaus, but I hope you know what I mean. It can be the saddest and happiest music in the world at the same time. It is a song that easily stays a long time in my head. And Jack, your vocals just soar and reach otherworldly heights. Five easy stars.
November 15, 2013 at 3:09 AM