LABEL: KINGSWAY MUSIC
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 22, 2010
ntroducing The City Harmonic
ntroducing The City Harmonicis an EP that any band would be proud of and serves as a nearly perfect introduction to a band that is sure to be in the CCM scene for years to come. EP’s run the risk of one mediocre song ruining the entire selection but on this release every song feels honed to perfection. It is going to make the wait for a full length album almost excruciating, at least if the EP wasn’t so listenable.
The City Harmonic has a nice Brit-Pop vibe that is over a wonderful immense backdrop that gives them a definite Coldplay or a softer Radiohead vibe that is hard to resist as the lead singer Elias Dummer does a great job holding his own. He has an impressive voice that has a lot of power behind it but it sounds extremely well singing softly as well.
“I Am” is a sweet track that has a nice CCM mixed with early 90′s U2 that suits to subject matter of the song very well. It is a track that is about the grace of God, the need to turn to him for grace and salvation. It is track that feels a bit simplistic at times but that helps make it a great worship track that is easy to imagine at almost any service. The only downside of the track is that it feels very conservative, it would be nice to hear the track take a few risks, but it doesn’t yet the track still shines.
“What I Want” is the slowest opening song and the most intimate track on the EP, it easily conveys the feeling of a great acoustic worship set. It follows the relatively conservative sound of the album but the lead singer really shows off is ability to have something behind his voice. He isn’t the loudest singer nor is his voice perfect but he easily conveys a sense of meaning behind this simplistic but addictive track. The vocal backing for the track is spot on as well, just soft enough to not feel overwhelming or cliched.
“Coming My Way” is a track that is almost, almost dreadfully short being a mere three minutes long in an EP surrounded by tracks that are all at least four minutes. The song feels a bit short but oddly it also feels complete adding another verse to this track could of easily spoiled it. It is one of the most powerful tracks on the entire EP, with an expansive sound the powerful lyrics just pop perfectly.
Introducing The City Harmonic is an extremely strong EP that has and will continue to do wonders for a band that will no doubt continue to grow and mature into one of the top tier CCM bands in the industry today. Given their shortness it is often hard to have any kind of closure with an EP, they often feel like they are unfinished making them really hard to enjoy in the long term. This is not the case with this release, it is perfect, and it is almost certain to remain in rotation for awhile.