City Calm Down – Sense of Self / Burn Slow

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Most of us can agree on the fact that Australian bands like Cut Copy and Empire Of the Sun started a flood a couple of years back of catchy sun-drenched pop music using a certain 80’s/New Order-type of template. By the looks of it, there seems to be no end to new up-coming bands trying to grab a piece of the pie. However, some of these acts still manage to achieve a comforting yet focused elegance, performed in a warm and melodic manner.

City Calm Down might appear to be yet another pop outfit from Australia, but they have created the prefect blue-print of glassy melodic synth-pop. This basically means; sunny arpeggio synth-lines, funky bass-lines and slick drum pattern. “Sense Of Self” and “Burn Slow” illustrates perfectly how it is still possible to create outstanding songs of a washed-out genre that in no shape or form can be considered as original. Both tracks are taken from their Movements EP, released a couple of months ago in their native country and is now set get a UK/US release on the 25th of March via I OH YOU.

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