Cambridge three-piece City Seventeen’s first outing on record, 2006’s EP1, was a cold, harsh and unrelenting landscape; the story of a gradual demise into the depths of insanity. The band have been working on a sequel to the bleak imagery for some time now, scrapping various iterations of the successor before settling on this new work. EP2 is a warmer affair, but the listener is advised not to be caught off-guard: there are demons haunting this place, too.
Leading out with the handclaps and stomps of “11 Degrees North / Hope / Exit”, the record is filled with the expansive space of the shimmering desert, hot sun hitting the scorched earth. Follow-up “Distant Drums, Parts I & II” finds a watering hole, but all is not as it seems—the saloon-bar piano peddling an off-kilter melody gives way to a flashback of EP1’s watery grave in “Four Minute Warning”.
“Eulogy” brings a close to the proceedings. It’s a memorial service, oscillating between joyous remembrance and uncontrollable grief, though we’re unclear exactly for who or what—we were never sure whether we were dead anyway.
released May 31, 2010
All songs written by City Seventeen.
(c) City Seventeen 2010
(p) IFF Transponder Recordings 2010