Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review: City Harmonic


The City Harmonic’s new full length release comes as the band prepares to embark on their fall tour. After a full tour of sixty-five cities with Christian music powerhouse, the Newsboys, and enjoying a nomination for “New Artist of the Year” the band hits stages across the country with their first full length album under their belts and massive fan support from their marketing efforts. They have successfully leveraged the medium offered by YouTube resulting in over 1.5 million viewers for the music video for radio single, “Manifesto.” Their particular brand of eclectic style mixed with catchy pop melodies has resulted in a fan base that is very supportive and lends itself to their exciting performances on stage. Their onstage presence is energetic, exciting and a part of what draws fans. They deliver messages of hope and strength while providing an entertaining experience that leaves fans looking forward to their next one.

The feel of The City Harmonic can best be described as euro-pop that, at times, likes to cross over into a folk-rock feel. The differentiating line between the sounds tends to follow the “size” of the song. The bigger, anthem like songs tend to carry a pop-rock feel and rely heavily on drum hooks, well placed piano parts and big, stadium filling rock tones from bass and guitar. When the band comes down to Earth the intimate feel of the songs are perfect for the textured vocals from Elias Dummer. Vocal harmonies provided by the other members of the band are tight and add a lot of depth to tracks that otherwise could quickly become background noise rather than holding one’s attention.

All the songs for the new release were written by the members of the band. The songs focus on the age old struggle between our flesh and our desire to please God. The songs take the tension believers feel in their earthly journey turn them into poetic verses and place them to music. Check out songs Mountaintop, Spark, and Fell Apart. They resonate with the hearts of believers everywhere. They acknowledge the need for His touch, the fire His love ignites in our souls, the battle against a world full of individuals truths with no absolutes, and the journey from the valley to the mountaintop experiences that give us hope in our darkest hours.

I would definitely encourage you to take the time to check out this up and coming band. Check out their website for their concert itinerary for upcoming tour dates. They are sure to be a source of fresh sounds and uplifting lyrics for years to come!


Reviewed by Michael Henson

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