[Album Review] Imaginary Cities- Fall of Romance
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by Tiana Feng


Release Date: May 28, 2013
Label: Hidden Pony Records

I remember falling in love with Imaginary Cities in 2010 after finding a couple of songs on a very simple website. They’ve had a lot of national attention and grew up a lot since then. The Winnipeg duo of Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas followed up 2011’s Polaris-nominated Temporary Resident with fuller production on Fall of Romance.

The band members are different throughout the album and contributing guests include members from Sloan, Mother Mother and The Sheepdogs who lend vocals in “Who’s Watching You”. Despite this the album has a cohesive feeling. Piano driven tunes tie the album together along with Sarbit and Matya’s playful dueting vocals (“Fall of Romance).

If this album taught me anything, it was that less is more. Sometimes the production detracts and overwhelms Matya’s beautiful raspy vocals (“Bells of Cologne”). Raw vulnerable moments remain their strengths heard in Sarbit’s solo “Water Under The Bridge” and Matyas moment of emotional spotlight in “A Way With Your Words”. Why hide such beautiful vocalists under a mountain of production?