Citizens! - here we are (Kitsune- Cooperative Music)
Minimalist, Icy Indie Pop
Citizens!: London’s winning entry for the ‘Hipsters personified by music’ award. Not that that exists, hopefully. The albums fun, youthful, but bit too repetitive in places.
‘True Romance’, the album opener is a sweet and innocent introduction to Citizens!, with its delicate piano like keyboard dancing over an almost R&B drum machine beat. Alexis Taylor’s tender vocals wistfully singing of what all teens dream off.
‘Reptile’ then follows with its icy synth and bored vocals. Catchy, poppy yet wonderfully cold. Watch the video and my opening comment will make much more sense.
The album continues to follow very much in the same vain but with ‘Love You More’ adding a nice twist. The verses are lead by tribal bongo drums with the suggestion of xylophone and bare vocals but the come the chorus and its back to a big catchy pop melody, sugary vocals and swirling keyboards.
‘(I’m in love with your) Girlfriend’ thankfully picks the album back up with it’s brassy bold 80’s esque synth and longing yet challenging vocals. Its fun, upbeat and cheeky. ‘Nobodies Fool’ again is an excellent song, introducing a more prominent funky sassy sound, a less busy and warm Friends. Again ‘Monster’ follows the same funky trend, bass lead but with more shimmer. Its insanely catchy, sweet; a prime example of what Citizens! do best.
‘She Said’ is another let down after this sequence of amazing tracks. The annoying thing is that its not a bad song, its almost as if they can’t keep up to the high standard they set themselves. The song starts off well, its brass, with a big pop chorus, but it’s the verses that let them down, they’re dull in comparison, which is a shame because the opening and ending of the song are good.
The last two tracks are rather different to the rest of the album, ‘I Wouldn’t Want To’ is off steady, reflective and quiet mature. His vocals as soft as ever lead by a simple drum beat. But come the chorus we’ve gone into MGMT territory, with out of space psych pop sounds swirling around. While ‘Know Yourself’ is basically the same, with a very out of space psych keyboard sound it’s less bass lead, with more layered.
This sudden slight change in style leaves it more opened ended, almost suggestive of their next musical direction. Clever Citizens!. ‘here we are’ is a very good debut, its has its fair share of faults but I strongly believe that the rest of the album is brilliant enough to make up for it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA0lYaekxxk - Reptile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHZQmk3ESwc - Love You More