roommate Alan has this incomprehensible ability to stumble into good
    things, a trait that has allowed him many of the luxuries in his life.
    Without getting too far into this quality, we’ll leave it that he
    picked Cities’ self-titled debut out of a cart of newly released
    records a few weeks back without any previous knowledge of this band or
    its label, Yep Roc. And it wasn’t long before we were both sold on the
    band. The members of Cities have put their best foot forward with this



    first listen, I was reminded of a night a few years back when I was
    living in Stockholm. My former roommate Daniel and I were on at least
    our second bottle of red wine while listening to Denali
    the Swedish late-summer evenings. As effortlessly as conversations flow
    between two decently inebriated friends, Cities is able to overcome
    barriers between genres. Imagine verses similar to the evocative
    efforts of Engine Down
    or Denali with choruses and endings as powerful as those on the new I
    Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness record. Then add a twist of Brit-rock
    sensibility and a finishing splash of Interpol‘s songwriting ability and we’re starting to come close to the sounds on Cities.


    But this is very much an American product; there are no faux-British accents. Josh Nowlan’s voice
    finds itself amongst the harmonic landscape of Cities, probably most
    evident in the final minutes of “Cons, Thieves & Murderers” or
    throughout “Ooc,” where, as a friend put it, he sounds like a male
    version of Maura Davis from Denali.
    I’ve found a record that I can recommend to my friends who hold tightly
    to the American indie-rock sound exemplified by bands such as Archers of Loaf,
    No Knife, and the Appleseed Cast as well as those who enjoy the recent
    explosion of talented British bands such as the Departure, Longview and


    fact that the songwriters are quite young and that this is their first
    full-length speaks volumes for the road they’ve started down. The first
    week I listened to Cities, “Cons, Thieves &
    Murderers” and “Writing on the Wall” both found their way into my elite
    top-thirty songs played on my iTunes.


    The songs on Cities are
    not all down-tempo, but there is always a haunting aspect to Cities’
    music — which is what solidifies this record as very much a part of
    the recovery of American indie rock. Few British bands are haunting in
    the same way, but comparisons with I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
    and other aforementioned American bands come easily. In the way that
    many authors are inspired by foreign writers, those that make any
    impact combine outside influences with native influences and their own


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