Excellent news! Melbourne’s most blissfully melancholic rockers City Calm Down have confirmed the release date of their v anticipated second album titled Echoes In Blue – out Friday, 6 April.
The 12-tracker is an extension to City Calm Down’s highly acclaimed 2015 debut In A Restless House, which will see the band return to form with their formidable songwriting and introspective eye yet destroying all previous boundaries by delivering a meticulous blend of moody, synth-laced rock with epic pop gravity.
“Echoes In Blue is not concerned with answering questions as much as it is with asking them. It is interested in the reality of being spread too thin, of being unable to shut out the noise, where we’re told to buy a house, with a mountain of debt, and do what we love, to be passionate and driven, whilst also making enough time for our wife or husband, boyfriend or girlfriend, for our children, parents and friends. Has life has ever been more exciting or more artificial? Why are we so connected yet feel so alone? Perhaps, in all this excitement, we forget to be bored and examine ourselves a little more closely. Or maybe we should just embrace the rage,” – City Calm Down
Recorded in two 10-day stretches in February, at Northcote’s Soundpark Studios and Collingwood’s Rolling Stock Recording Rooms, before finishing over the six months at home and Richmond’s Bakehouse Studios, the project sees the four-piece Jack Bourke (vocals), Sam Mullaly (synths/keys), Jeremy Sonnenberg (bass) and Lee Armstrong (drums) reunite in the studio with producer and friend Malcolm Beasley.
“We wanted to start opening new doors,” Bourke, “but we weren’t really thinking about what might follow. We were conscious of not repeating ourselves, while also wanting to keep some of the things we really liked about the first record: aspects of the sound palette and emotion.”
The album will feature already released melancholic singles ‘In This Modern Land‘, ‘Blood‘ and ‘Blame‘ as well as the newly revealed single ‘Joan, I’m Disappearing‘ – a powerful percussive pop number that burns into emotional despair.
“‘Joan…’ is about coming to terms with the dissolution of a long-term relationship and how neglect ultimately led to its breakdown,” explains Burke.
We’re beyond exited to hear such honesty and anxiety delivered with such strength and accomplishment. Huge vibe for Echoes In Blue to soundtrack twenty-eighteen.