EP Review – City Of Glass – Equations
by Jade Sperry
City Of Glass is a band that formed in the summer of 2008 on the west coast in Vancouver. At the forefront are two high school friends Michael Champion (vocals/guitar) and David Phu (guitar) whose passion for pop rock melodies, minimalism and dance music is clear in their writing and performances. Georgia Korba (bass) and Alex Cumming (drums) round out the band. Talent, innovation and determination have propelled City Of Glass and the audiences are catching on.
A demo that was released in November 2008 quietly made its way into indie radio in the UK, US and Canada which was well received with much praise among the local scene and their industry colleagues. With the help of pop artist/producer Winston (Nat Jay, Hey Ocean!, Hannah Georgas) and studio genius Shawn Cole (You Say Party! We Say Die!, Bend Sinister) City Of Glass are enthusiastic that their music will get audiences moving.
This EP was released on July 21, 2009 and shortly after that, the band toured the college circuit in September 2009 and this past March 2010. The band has plans to tour this summer and fall.
The EP opens with the song “Big Ideas” which starts with a mournful keyed sequence followed shortly with the the vocals and the drums which come in at the exact same time. With a melody in minor notes, you just know that it’s going to be a good song. What I like about this song is that its stripped down musically but yet has a full sound. This song definitely has a 80’s New Order feel to it. The timing is good and is well mixed. “An Interest In Architecture” is a very atmospheric song that has an understated quality. Whimsical and calm, this song is very mellow in the music as well as the lyrics. With a dash of sadness as well as tormented pain in this song it reminds me of heartache to the fullest. “Wait” is upbeat musically but lyrically is about having to wait for what you want. Eventually it happens but waiting is the hardest part. Especially when you have to achieve smaller goals in order to get to the big goal. Catchy sequences with smooth guitar hooks and an end that brings in a chorus of singers, this song could have some commercial success. “Knots” has some Deathcab for Cutie influences in the music which is upbeat and catchy with the vocals and with the guitars. The chorus sounds dreamy and whimsical as does the song in whole. The final song “Stop Running” opens with guitars in minor notes. Influenced by Coldplay, this song is melodic and reminds me of a kaleidescope. Opaque with many layers of patterns and colours, this song is kind of the same thing. Different layers of guitars and bass remind me of colours while the music as a whole reminds me of different patterns melding in and out of each other. I like the vibe of the song as a whole and I particularly like the way the song builds towards the end.
All in all, this EP is definitely worth downloading and listening to. This EP is available on iTunes and CD Baby.
Itunes FREE download: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/knots/id342208237?i=342208245&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
The CD Baby link is not a free download but it does give you other links to hook up with the band.
You can find the band at these links:
You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cityofglass#g/a
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/cityofglass