Citay

Citay makes a joyous return on Dream Get Together, the San Francisco cosmic wanderers' expansive third album. Many of the touchstones from Citay's previous work remain intact flourishes of Led Zeppelin, Eno/Fripp, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Popul Vuh and ELO can be heard throughout but a newfound swagger pushes Dream Get Together way over the top. Seldom has there been a more obvious choice for an album-opener than "Careful With That Hat," a song propelled by a deep groove and swing that practically begs the listener to stand up and air-drum wildly. The vocals soar, the lead guitars catch fire and the mammoth solo (courtesy of guitarist Josh Pollock) builds to an ecstatic explosion. This is the shot across the bow. Citay have arrived on Dream Get Together. Led by songwriter Ezra Feinberg, Citay has made a career out of studio exploration, recalling a time when studio excess was the norm. Producer Tim Green, of the Fucking Champs, is no stranger to sonic indulgence, and together Feinberg and Green have woven together a musical tapestry that is both heavy and sweet. In Citay, the metal leanings of Green's band are replaced by an altogether different brand of fantasy rock. Dream Get Together has an embroidered and epic beauty that flies over the ocean while snuggling up to the ears. Joining Feinberg in Citay is drummer Warren Huegel, whose rhythmic sensibilities are best exemplified not only by his thunderous beats, but also his percussion decorations that lift the Citay sound from the ground up. Flanking Feinberg's acoustic six string live are the electric guitars of Sean Smith and Josh Pollock. Bassist Diego Gonzalez holds it all together throughout. Feinberg shares vocal duties on Dream Get Together with Tahlia Harbour and Meryl Press, whose sweet, soaring voices play the perfect foil to the bombast. One of many highlights of Dream Get Together is "Mirror Kisses," a song Feinberg wrote specifically for guest vocalist Merrill Garbus (of Tune-Yards) to sing in three-part harmony with Harbour and Press of Citay. With the soaring Ebow guitars and vocal harmonies, "Mirror Kisses" is Citay at its most lush and melodic. In contrast, "Hunter" is Citay at its most excessive a triumphant instrumental anthem that somehow bridges the gap between Klaus Schulze and The Scorpions. With a spaced-out synth solo by Joel Robinow of Howlin' Rain, "Hunter" is a majestic ride. Dream Get Together closes with a gorgeous rendition of Galaxie 500's "Tugboat," in which Citay replaces the reverb-y electric guitars with clean acoustic strumming and Fripp-ed out sonics, preserving the beauty of the original while making the song their own.

Citay Unveil Details from Dream Get Together, Share Free MP3

photo by Lydia Daniller

photo by Lydia Daniller

We are thrilled to announce the details of Dream Get Together;, the third long player from San Francisco’s Citay. Coming January 26th (January 25th in the UK), Dream Get Together channels everything we love about Citay into their most cohesive and sophisticated album yet. The symphonic dueling lead guitars, soaring vocals, grandiose acoustic explorations and audacious synth solos are all present, sewn together seamlessly into an epic work.

Seldom has there been a more obvious choice for an album-opener than “Careful With That Hat,” a song propelled by a deep groove and swing that practically begs the listener to stand up and air-drum wildly. The vocals soar, the lead guitars catch fire and the mammoth solo (courtesy of guitarist Josh Pollock) builds to an ecstatic explosion. This is the shot across the bow. Citay have arrived on Dream Get Together.

For the first taste of Dream Get Together, check out album opener “Careful With that Hat.”

CITAY Release New Remixes LP, New Video, Mp3s

CITAY have not strayed far from home in 2009, playing only about a dozen shows in their home state of California. Just because they have been off the road does not mean the band has not been hard at work. They have been writing and recording new material, as well as compiling tracks for their new release, titled simply, Remixes. Available November 3rd (November 2nd in the UK), this release contains reworkings from their 2007 album Little Kingdom.

From the ambient textures of White Rainbows’ “Eye on Dollar” remix to Cornershop’s Anthony Saffery adding sitar and percussion to “First Fantasy,” these are anything but typical remix rave-ups. These Are Powers’ Brenmar (aka Bill Salas) gives “Moonburn” a playful, skittering treatment, while Black Mountains’ Steve McBean adds his effected vocals to “Former Child” – the end result sounding more like Metallica than like Aphex Twin. While some remixes use the Citay originals as a foundation for embellishments, others simply take the audio as found sounds and source material. Either way, the reinterpretations of Citay’s music on Remixes is surprising and eye-opening. Released on vinyl LP and via digital download, Remixes is the Citay album we never thought we would hear. We are pleased to share an mp3 of White Rainbow’s remix of “Eye on the Dollar,” which is a subtle and lush reworking of the original, HERE.

Citay also recently did a Luxury Wafers session, where they performed an epic rendition of “Nice Cuffs.” The video is a nice holdover of the band live and in action, until they tour extensively in 2010 in support of a new LP. Check out the entire Luxury Wafers session HERE.

You can pre-order Citay’s Remixes LP HERE.

CITAY Live Session And Interview Featured On Pandora Internet Radio

You’ll be hard pressed to find a band compared to both Judas Priest and the Allman Brothers in the same breath. But leave it to the duo-lead guitars of Citay to garner such a disparate comparison from the folks at Pandora Internet Radio, speaking of a live session the band recently recorded for TheBayBridged.com’s monthly New, Improved, LIVE series. Listen HERE. A video from the session is below.

“Yes, we are in the middle of recording a new album. It’ll be done in the late summer and out in early 2010 on Dead Oceans. It’s a similar vibe, sort of. Definitely more upbeat, bigger, louder, but still the same themes — soaring guitars and vocals, groovy parts, long-form songs (for the most part) and a generally epic experience,” said Citay bandleader Ezra Feinburg in an accompanying interview HERE.

New, Improved, LIVE: Citay – “Little Kingdom” from The Bay Bridged on Vimeo.

CITAY Perform A New, Improved, LIVE Session For TheBayBridged

CITAY were recently featured on the TheBayBridged.com’s new feature, New, Improved, LIVE. The band performed cuts from their self-titled debut and their 2008 Dead Oceans longplayer, Little Kingdon. But the real prize here is the band’s cover of “Set Me Free,” from Sweet’s 1974 album Sweet Fanny Adams. Check out cuts from the session HERE.

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