City Calm Down
In A Restless House
November 6 2015 (I Oh You)
Words: Linn Branson
Despite having been around for a few years (seven, in fact) it is only now Melbourne's City Calm Down get around to putting out their first album. And there's not one of the 11 tracks on this long-awaited, three-years-in-the-making work that doesn't ring with expansive melody and vibrant driving rhythm and big hooky choruses, the like of which we heard on their 'Movements' EP.
The driving rhythm of 'Son' is catchy and compulsive, meshing vocal harmonies with Samuel Mullaly’s keys and, of course, Bourke’s voice around which swirl horns and a choir of backing vocals. Closing on the three-minute album title track which features a beautiful mix of Bourke’s irresistible vocal dynamics and rising drums, and ending on a bed of pulsating percussion, it makes for a fine end piece that firmly places City Calm Down's first full-length as a work that has been well worth the wait.