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The City Skyscape
The City Skyscape
(self-released)
www.thecityskyscape.com


I've fallen in love with the trip back into late 80's Euro-pop with the debut, self-titled release from The City Skyscape. Led on the journey by Connecticut based Christopher Mongillo, the project proves to have such a commercial appeal without giving up on originality and edge. A throwback for sure, but vocal dynamics and versatile lyrics prove to be quite infectious and easy to get into. I feel I can already hear other artists scrambling to find his contact info to make the dance tracks into club remixes, with special notice to track number eight, "The Elements", which has a cross between Texas-based band Iris's electronica-EBM sound mixed with something reminiscent of Placebo's Brian Moloko's voice. Very tasty, indeed. Track five, entitled "New World," mixes it up with groovin' pianist Nathanael Oakes and proves to be my favorite of them all. It's so very Underworld dub-no-bass-with-my-head-man feeling music mixed with jazzy… dancey… Track number six, "Beach House," features the lush voice of Jaymie-Lee Gerena on a tender, sweet duet.

The entire project is full of diverse tracks ranging from a Death Cab For Cutie feel to earlier incarnations of Depeche Mode… It's certainly great fun and refreshing in terms of new releases and new projects. I sincerely hope to hear what the 23 year old has in store for the future.

-Elysabeth Williams

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