Secret Cities – Bright Teeth (digital Single)
Western Vinyl 2010
[tags: dream pop, electronic, 2010]
Listen while reading:
Secret Cities signed to Western Vinyl! And the first impressions are available, more precisely: the label offers one track from a digital single called Bright Teeth. I had the chance to listen to both tracks of the single (the featured Pink Graffiti Part 1 and the title track) and the sound of the band is really good, but I don’t know how they score in the current field of dream pop acts.
I think Beach House’s Teen Dream is clearly the looser in this year’s dream pop battle, jj with No. 3 gets the first place and White Hinterland with Kairos reaches for the silver medal. To describe Secret Cities‘ sound I think it is appropriate to say that they sound like the experimental version of White Hinterland (which sound like the experimental version of jj). Maybe a little bit too much electronic influences and a too small (dream) pop factor. I’m excited how the full album will sound and if it can beat the really great Kairos by White Hinterland. Make sure to visit the artist’s page at WV.
At last the official press statement:
We’re proud to announce the addition of Fargo’s Secret Cities to the WV roster. The band began with 4-track cassette tapes flying through the mail back and forth between the Easternmost to the Westernmost borders of North Dakota. MJ Parker and Charlie Gokey were barely 15 when they met at band camp, but a shared love of psychedelia and scads of secret, unheard songs between them drew the pair together. Many years later, after the addition of drummer Alex Abnos Secret Cities has emerged with a cocktail of Spector-esque doe-eyed romanticism, electronic flourishes indebted to minimalist composers like Terry Riley, the noisy, art damaged sensibilities of late psych groups like The United States of America.