Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Dappled Cities (formerly Dappled Cities Fly) have the energy of ten bands put together. You can tell just by listening to their latest record, Granddance, which finally sees statewide release this August after having been out for a while in their native-- you guessed it-- Australia. This energy only became more evident last week at the Mercury Lounge, where the boys played an hour long set full of raucous, hyper tracks with an earnest passion that translated into an amazing show.

The album itself is a nice effort-- the band's second, in fact-- and is full of colourful melodies and a great take on their obvious pop-rock sensibilities. Also their first single and played endlessly on Triple J, the album opens with "Holy Chord", a track that builds on an isolated vocal which is both haunting and exciting until it becomes alush track full of fantastic orchestration and melody. This leads effortlessly into "Work It Out", another toe-tapping number that you'll find yourself humming for the rest of the day. The entire album follows in this vein, and comes together to form a feel-good pop-rock record full of memorable songs that you'll want to listen to on repeat. The band's true strength comes together live, when you can see it all put into action. Catch them if you can-- you won't be disappointed!

Dappled Cities - Peach (from A Smile LP)
Dappled Cities - Holy Chord (from Granddance LP)
Buy the album

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