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
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.
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