Since the release of their 2009 debut In A Quiet World, We Are The City have grown into one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. Six years of touring and writing have seen them make a name for themselves as stellar performers and constant innovators, pushing their sound further with each subsequent record. Now, after a grueling month-long free live-stream of the writing and recording of their new album, the triumphant trio has transcended indie-rock and pop with their most mesmerizing effort yet.
Above Club crackles with intensity, sweeping waves of emotion over listeners as Rhoads piano, vintage synth, infectious bass lines and syncopated beats pulse like beating hearts in a drug-crazed orgy. They create the perfect backdrop to the frantic, wobbling vocal style that’s made them instantly recognizable over the years. Fans of Alt-J, The 1975, Vampire Weekend and MGMT should swoon over the entire goddamn record, although “Take Your Picture With Me While You Still Can”, “Heavy As A Brick”, “Keep On Dancing” and “Kiss Me Honey” take the cake on what has quickly become my favourite Canadian record of the year.