City Calm Down – ‘In This Modern Land’

Melbourne’s most blissfully melancholic rockers City Calm Down have shared a third glimpse at their impending sophomore album, in the form of soaring single ‘In This Modern Land‘.

Punctuated by a repeating post-punk bass hook and shimmering synth lines, this latest offering will have cutting shapes like it’s 86 while crying the night away. Singer Jack Bourke croons through the track with his signature rich baritone voice, lamenting about social isolation and disconnect. But it’s not all gloom and doom, as a soaring outro littered with bright brass moments brings the five-minute epic to a satisfying close.

They’ve also released a cinematic video for the single, which represents the lyrical struggle via a virtual reality that promises identity freedom and ideal love. Directed by Riley Blakeway and premiered via Dork magazine, lead vocalist Jack Bourke explains;

“The director of the video, Riley Blakeway, was looking at ways the social isolation expressed in the lyrics could play out.  Obviously we’re still a long way off virtual reality relationships being equivalent to relationships with real people, but given we already spend so much time staring at our phones and computer screens instead of engaging with each other face to face, it’s quite conceivable that this vision will become reality in the very near future”.

Their sophomore album, the highly anticipated follow up to their 2015 debut In A Restless House, is set to drop early next year. Bourke explains, “In producing this album, we wanted to introduce new musical ideas whilst retaining the many production qualities and melancholic tension present on In A Restless House.”

Also featuring singles ‘Blood‘ and ‘Blame‘, ‘In This Modern Land’ has us v-ready for a whole album of melancholy magic soon.

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