Melbourne’s CITY CALM DOWN have revealed the stunning video to new single ‘In This Modern Land’, the first track to come from the band’s highly anticipated second album.
Speaking about the video, front man Jack Bourke commented:
“The video for In This Modern Land follows a woman who finds herself enticed by virtual reality and the promise that she can be whoever she wants to be, and fall in love with her “ideal man”. However, things don’t turn out as she originally hoped, her fantasy transforming into a nightmare of sorts. The director of the video, Riley Blakeway, was looking at ways the social isolation expressed in the lyrics could play out. Obviously we’re still a long way off virtual reality relationships being equivalent to relationships with real people, but given we already spend so much time staring at our phones and computer screens instead of engaging with each other face to face, it’s quite conceivable that this vision will become reality in the very near future”.
Two years on from their surefooted debut In A Restless House, Jack Bourke (vocals), Sam Mullaly (synths/keys), Jeremy Sonnenberg (bass) and Lee Armstrong (drums/percussion) return with the band’s latest offering: soaring synths and horns, an exuberant, bold crescendo, all cemented by Bourke’s striking, unmistakable baritone – heavy and as haunted as your conscience.
Since the band’s early Movements EP and acclaimed 2015 follow-up, City Calm Down have paved the way for their upcoming second album (which will see its worldwide release in early 2018) with a run of singles notching up over four million streams, multiple spots on Hype Machine, spins on Beats 1, high rotation and a coveted Feature Album spot on Australia’s national youth broadcaster triple j.
The band’s strengths – intricate, irresistible synth and guitar hooks, soaring yet melancholic choruses – have already earned accolades from the likes of NME, The 405, Dork Magazine, Triple J, Stereogum, and UK radio support from both 6 Music & Radio 1.
Recorded in Melbourne with long-time producer Malcolm Beasley (Northeast Party House, Client Liaison, The Creases), expect an album that explores the emotional idiosyncrasies of our modern, changing world, rendered in glistening keyboards, chugging guitars and triumphant horns.