A google of “Secret Cities” conjures a bounty of beautiful and mysterious things, including a post in David Byrne’s Journal, such a rarity on the internet. The Fargo, North Dakota band, Secret Cities, is not least of these (in fact they are the tops)!
Jangly and percussive, they craft pop from static electricity, subterranean tremors, and lots of whistling. It’s all quite melancholy but not doped up. Like morning dew on a bird’s wings, these songs just give a little flap and they’re ready to fly. I guess some of them were recorded in a “wooden shed on the prairie” in the Midwest. I’m down with that.
We’re told the album, Pink Graffiti, out on Western Vinyl June 8th, is a meditation about Brian Wilson “and his work as a prism through which we view youthful things. It’s about the feelings that start with him getting all mixed up in our feelings for other people and other music (and vice versa).”
Someone’s been writing a collage thesis while cutting records it seems. If you’re not ready to absorb all that, just give it a listen and let music romance you.
Download: Secret Cities – “Pink Graffiti pt. 1”