[NEWCOMER] Cities Vanishing: a mixed duo making loudish music about ghosts

Four years ago, Eric and Brianna met at a show and then, they decided to make music together under the name of Cities Vanishing. The mixed duo from New York is ready to release a debut EP in January 2017 and we jumped on them to ask them a few questions about their noisy harmonious indie music.

When we ask Cities Vanishing to describe the EP, they simply answer:

The idea for the EP was to make a set of songs that by the end of the set we’d be sweating our asses off.

Eric plays the drums, Brianna plays the theremin, and they both inject some guitar riffs and vocals into their furious and noisy music. Nevertheless, don’t get me wrong, one can easily distinguish beautiful melodies in all this saturation. Some harmonies and lyrics that, by the way, easily remind of some amazing bands such as Arcade Fire on “Don’t Look Down” for instance. Of course, their composition don’t reach the complexity of the Montreal-based group; but contrary to them, Cities Vanishing comprise only 2 members. Knowing that, the result is already impressive.

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The theremin is an original music instrument that is often associated with the early days of electronic music. Its most famous use in popular music was probably in 1966, when The Beach Boys released their single “Good Vibrations.” Throughout the five tracks of their debut EP “My Body Is A Temple That I’D Like To Offer You,” the theremin is bringing the light into their haunting, vivid and angry sonic distorted landscapes. And when we ask them why they decided to use this instrument, their words make sense:

The theremin is an instrument that is played without any physical contact, a handful of these songs reflect on past lives and childhood and things that we can’t touch. It seemed fitting.

“Don’t Look Down”, one of the highlights of this debut project, is a song about childhood love. It starts with some reversed sounds, like if we were going back to our past. You can also hear some kids talking on “7 hungry Tigers,” a track where the choirs and the drums are loaded with a beautiful nostalgia.

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The debut EP “My Body Is A Temple That I’D Like To Offer You” will be released on January 24 and available for free download on their Bandcamp. Check the tracklist below and, meanwhile, you can connect with Cities Vanishing on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

My Body Is A Temple That I’D Like To Offer You EP:
1/ I Want To Know What The Wind Blows Like
2/ Don’t Look Down
3/ Losing All My Friends
4/ 7 Hungry Tigers
5/ Balance

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