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Imaginary Cities new album streaming on Paste

“Anthemic and Psalmic…Best of What’s Next…” —Paste Magazine

“I #%$@ing love this band…” —CBC Radio

Fall of Romance, the highly anticipated follow up album from praised Canadian band Imaginary Cities, will be released May 28 on Votiv. The band’s debut Temporary Resident was lauded by Daytrotter, Huffington Post and Filter Magazine calling the record a “solid showcase of the duo’s vocal compatibility, soulful piano and lyrical strength.” To support the release, the band played at SXSW with further tour dates confirmed throughout the summer. See below for details. The first single off the record, “Bells of Cologne,” is streaming now at American Songwriter:

Fall of Romance was co-produced by songwriter Rusty Matyas and acclaimed producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, The New Pornographers). Of the record Matyas notes, “This was definitely the most fun I’ve ever personally had recording an album. We’d spend all day experimenting with sounds and instruments of all kinds. No limits, no rules, just fun. Listen carefully and you’ll hear coffee grinders, giant choirs, a Sweet Emotion-inspired triangle, a homemade Peter Frampton-style talk box, children jumping into a lake at a campground, lasers, spaceships, a busy restaurant and much more. The fact that it was just primarily myself and Marti in the studio also meant a serious lack of clashing egos—just friends building music together.” See full track listing below.

Imaginary Cities was born in a Winnipeg club as a happenstance collaboration of singer Marti Sarbit and Matyas in between sets. Matyas, a major label veteran via his band The Waking Eyes and a touring member of Canadian indie rockers The Weakerthans, knew he wanted to write something for—or with—Sarbit. The result came in the form of “Say You,” the lead track from Temporary Resident, thus propelling the duo to the top of Canadian college charts and year end best-of lists.

The band toured extensively throughout 2011-2012, opening for acts like Ra Ra Riot and the Pixies. Of their live set, The National Post hails they “make an impression.”

Track Listing
1. Lilt (The Intro Song)
2. All The Time
3. Bells of Cologne
4. Chasing The Sunset
5. Silver Lining
6. Sooner or later
7. Fall of Romance
8. 9 and 10
9. A Way With Your Words
10. Who’s Watching You
11. Water Under the Bridge
12. Still Waiting So Cold


May 28 /// Toronto, ON /// The Drake
May 29 /// New York, NY /// Subculture Arts Underground
June 11 /// Ann Arbor, MI /// The Ark
June 14 /// Toronto, ON /// Mod Club
June 18 /// Washington, DC /// Black Cat Backstage
June 19 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Milk Boy
June 22 /// Dover, DE /// Firefly Music Festival
June 25 /// Chicago, IL /// Schubas Tavern
June 26 /// Minneapolis, MN /// 7th Street Entry
July 13 /// Ottawa, ON /// Ottawa Bluesfest
July 31 /// Toronto, ON /// Edgefest

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