Although City on the Coast are relatively young both as a group and individually, they have already established themselves as a local band you should keep an eye on. I first had the pleasure of catching them live this past spring at Lawnya Vawnya and was really impressed with their talent and enthusiasm. This past Saturday the group released its very first EP which contains a handful of songs showcasing the bands dynamic sound. Listening to the record I recognized the songs from the group’s live set and was delighted that they had translated so well to recorded versions, striking a great balance between Krisjan Leslie’s superb production and the band’s irresistible, raw energy.
Album opener and today’s track “The Key/La Clé” tears through the gate with skittering cymbals, punchy horns and soaring falsetto vocals courtesy of Sarah Harris. It’s also a truly bilingual song, with the lyrics and title split equally between French and English. “New Beginnings” is a bowl full of soul with some beautiful vocal harmonies in the chorus. “Gone to the Sea” is a catchy slice of piano driven pop recalling a mix of Apples In Stereo meets The Carpenters. The only bad thing about City on the Coast’s new EP is that it leaves you wanting more, which is why we need to buy it and support the bands’s live shows so that they can save up enough cash to record a full length. City on the Coast’s EP is currently available at Fred’s Records.