steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
info opinion

The Invisible Cities

"Watertown" CD

Noisyfrog Records

Genres: indie pop, indie rock

Jan 24 - 30 2005

Ever since they sent me a solid demo a couple of years back, I've been eagerly anticipating The Invisible Cities' debut album.  Few bands these days can create melodies like these folks, and even fewer are fronted by a singer as blissfully-voiced as the Cities' Sadie Contini.  I'm tempted to fit this under the "bliss" category at times, though Watertown's mix of styles calls for a less typical tag like "sometimes dreamy indie pop/rock."

But who cares about classification when an album is this enjoyable?  At times loud, at times quiet, these twelve songs take the listener on a fun trip through the band's unique brand of pop songwriting.  There are some strong rock-oriented songs here ("Oh Yeah," "Tentacle"), but the best material is the lusher soft-pop.  "Birthday" is an instantly lovable little pop ditty, while "Watertown" and "Shooting Star" help to draw you into a comfortable, cozy mood.  Even the less infectious songs have their merits; "Double Fisted" and "Bumper Cars" may not be the most notable tunes on this record, but they are far from unrewarding.  As far as self-released indie pop debuts go, this is about as good as it gets.  Don't miss out.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]