Saturday, March 04, 2006

Free music of the day: Royal City

'Like fellow Toronto native Neil Young, Royal City is in the business of desanitizing pop music by dirtying it up with generous helpings of folk and country. Their frayed acoustic balladry shares more than a little in common with the surreal, elliptical not-quite-folksongs of Young's great solo records (think After the Gold Rush), though most listeners will probably be reminded instead of more contemporary folk- and country-derived singer/songwriter fare like Palace and Songs: Ohia. As with all three of the aforementioned artists, a dark, pregnant melancholy pervades Royal City's songs; sometimes the music feels foreboding, sometimes just intensely private and personal...' Link


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