Monday, August 25, 2014

And Now for Something Completely Different: Impossible Cities

Friend and Bay Ridge (by way of New Jersey) musician Dan Avery introduced me to Anna Gordon who in turn introduced me to this band today: Impossible Cities. I was asked to take a listen and possibly get the word about them. And you know what - I am so glad this happened. They are unique -- and by unique, I mean that their songs do not sound the same or that they are not trying to sound like someone else. BRAVO Impossible Cities.

So why should you listen to their four song EP? Because I told you that you should!
Let's break down Sunset Years:

Sunset Years
I felt at first like I was tumbling - the first notes are unique, and at one point I thought they captured the sound of the feeling of falling down the stairs. And then you hear lead singer Daniel Tornatore's voice. I hope no one is offended by this but his voice reminds me of one half of Loggins and Messina ... and no one knows who Messina is. You don't expect this voice when you hear those stumbling first notes and it is a good surprise. It's an amalgam of sounds of different genres of music, from jam to jazzy blues to a hint of classic rock.

That Won't Do
This is stop and go, up and down song with tight playing. I would love to hear this song live - make it so, Impossible Cities. This song also plays to my love of the bass - thank you for giving Alex some breathing room on this song.

Through the Rain to the Woods
This one begins with a Grateful Dead meets Doors sound. This is the song we'll hear on Sirius XM Spectrum - you heard my prediction here first. It's catchy and jammy without trying to be.

Your Night
And this is the "something completely different." I cannot believe I am saying this but, I am. These are very Jeff Buckley riffs - and it works for this song without being kitschy . (If you know my love of Jeff Buckley, you know I just paid you the biggest compliment in the universe and beyond). Love the lyrics - Did I ruin your good time? Did I ruin your good night?

Please, check them out. For a three member band, they have big sound. They also have a uniqueness that isn't too common. While I love a band like Mumford or Imagine Dragons - their songs all sound the same for the most part. Impossible Cities has four unique, individual songs here - and I look forward to hearing more from them!

Daniel Tornatore - Guitar and Vocals
Alex Ziatyk - Bass
Thomas DeVinko - Drums and Recording

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