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Fellow Citizens: A spacious self-titled record

by on Aug.10, 2010, under Album Reviews

Of all the records that have found their way to my inbox this summer there is one that continues to pique my interest and demand my attention. It is an album with substance, a collection of songs thoughtfully arranged to remain stimulating even after the freshness of that first listen has faded away. The album in question is the newest release from Fellow Citizens, a full-length/self-titled affair from a group that had previously only done EPs.

Fellow Citizens begins with “Cincinnati,” a song that feels as expansive as the American Midwest. It builds slowly into a grand chorus, leading into  ”On The Parkway,” the closest thing to a single that this record might possess. The lyrics float above the instruments as certain phrases stick with the listener.

“If you need a shoulder, well I’ve lost my limbs”

The first half of the record maintains this type of hazy, lyric-infused structure. Fellow Citizens is then punctuated by “Black Circle/Sky King,” an ambient-sound number that marks the beginning of the second half.

As the album continues each track blends seamlessly into the next. The songs are vast and spacious; layers of instruments ebb and flow as the songs build and relax. Lyrics are muddled by the walls of sound and only the melody manages to rise to the top. Closing song “Forget” marks a slight return to the musical theme from the first half of the record; this return manages to bring the record to a close in a way that reins-in vastness of the songs and leaves the listener contented.

Fellow Citizens is currently available at shows in the form of a limited-edition, hand-made CD; it will see a digital release in the not-too-distant future. A full list of upcoming show dates can be found after the jump. Listen to “On The Parkway” below.

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8/13 – The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact (Fellow Citizens side-project) at Everyday Joe’s, Fort Collins (Candy Claws benefit show)

9/29 – Astroland, Boulder – with Hosannas

11/2 – Astroland, Boulder – with Mimicking Bird

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