|Dream Get Together (January 26th, 2010)|
Citay — Dream Get Together (January 26th, 2010)
• Third time is the charm. A primarily acoustic classic rock, folk, and psychedelic–inspired outfit, Citay feature Piano Magic multi–instrumentalist Ezra Feinberg and Fucking Champs guitarist Tim Green. Begun as a studio collaboration, Citay have grown into a live ensemble that also includes members of such similarly minded stoner rock ensembles as Land and Sea, Tussle, Horn of Dagoth, and others. Citay released their debut self–titled album on Important in 2006. Little Kingdom followed on Dead Oceans in 2007. © Citay, L to R: Max McDonald, Ezra Feinberg, Evan Patrick O'Reilly, Noah Plotkin, Colby Cecca, Grant Schulte
Location: San Francisco, Los Angeles, California
Album release: January 26th, 2010
Record Label: Dead Oceans
01 Careful With That Hat
02 Return From Silence
03 Dream Get Together
04 Secret Breakfast
05 Mirror Kisses
07 Fortunate Sun
℗ 2010 Dead Oceans
• Diego Andres Gonzalez Boneta Bass
• Richard Byrd Engineer
• Ezra Feinberg Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals
• Merrill Garbus Vocals, Vocals (Background)
• Tim Green Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Producer
• Tahlia Harbour Vocals
• Warren Huegel Drums
• Burton Li Engineer
• Daniel Murphy Design
• Adria Otte Violin
• Josh Pollock Guitar
• Meryl Press Vocals
• Joel Robinow Synthesizer
• Sean Smith Guitar (Electric)
• Dean Wareham Composer
• Naomi Yang Composer★Ξ★ Citay makes a joyous return on Dream Get Together, the San Francisco cosmic wanderers' expansive third album. Many of the touchstones from Citay's previous work remain intact — flourishes of Led Zeppelin, Eno/Fripp, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Popul Vuh and ELO can be heard throughout — but a newfound swagger pushes Dream Get Together way over the top.
★Ξ★ Seldom has there been a more obvious choice for an album–opener than "Careful With That Hat," a song propelled by a deep groove and swing that practically begs the listener to stand up and air–drum wildly. The vocals soar, the lead guitars catch fire and the mammoth solo (courtesy of guitarist Josh Pollock) builds to an ecstatic explosion. This is the shot across the bow. Citay have arrived on Dream Get Together.
★Ξ★ Led by songwriter Ezra Feinberg, Citay has made a career out of studio exploration, recalling a time when studio excess was the norm. Producer Tim Green, of the Fucking Champs, is no stranger to sonic indulgence, and together Feinberg and Green have woven together a musical tapestry that is both heavy and sweet. In Citay, the metal leanings of Green's band are replaced by an altogether different brand of fantasy rock. Dream Get Together has an embroidered and epic beauty that flies over the ocean while snuggling up to the ears. Joining Feinberg in Citay is drummer Warren Huegel, whose rhythmic sensibilities are best exemplified not only by his thunderous beats, but also his percussion decorations that lift the Citay sound from the ground up. Flanking Feinberg's acoustic six string live are the electric guitars of Sean Smith and Josh Pollock. Bassist Diego Gonzalez holds it all together throughout. Feinberg shares vocal duties on Dream Get Together with Tahlia Harbour and Meryl Press, whose sweet, soaring voices play the perfect foil to the bombast.
★Ξ★ One of many highlights of Dream Get Together is "Mirror Kisses," a song Feinberg wrote specifically for guest vocalist Merrill Garbus (of Tune–Yards) to sing in three–part harmony with Harbour and Press of Citay. With the soaring Ebow guitars and vocal harmonies, "Mirror Kisses" is Citay at its most lush and melodic. In contrast, "Hunter" is Citay at its most excessive – a triumphant instrumental anthem that somehow bridges the gap between Klaus Schulze and The Scorpions. With a spaced–out synth solo by Joel Robinow of Howlin' Rain, "Hunter" is a majestic ride. Dream Get Together closes with a gorgeous rendition of Galaxie 500's "Tugboat," in which Citay replaces the reverb–y electric guitars with clean acoustic strumming and Fripp–ed out sonics, preserving the beauty of the original while making the song their own. © Citay, L to R Colby Cecca, Grant Schulte, Noah Plotkin, Evan O'Reilly, Ezra Feinberg, Max McDonald
By Grayson Currin; February 16, 2010 ★ Score: 7.6
★Ξ★ “I don't feel a need to distance myself from anything I like,” Ezra Feinberg told a magazine in 2006, not long after the release of Citay, his extravagant self–titled debut of unbridled classic rock grandiosity for Important Records. "“If anything I want to bring myself (and my bandmates, as well as my friends and family) closer to everything I like.”
★Ξ★ The interviewer had asked Feinberg about irony in his music — specifically, how he hoped the irony of Led Zeppelin references, sizzling electric leads, and a heroic, fantasy–rock instrumental dubbed "Vinter" might work amidst a landscape of cynics and smartasses. After one record, it might've been hard to say much of Feinberg's intentions. Yeah, those classic riffs ruled, and the layers of warm Jethro Tull and ELO textures that he and producer (and former Fucking Champ) Tim Green stuffed into Grateful Dead–like shapes sounded fantastic. But what about that flute? And those keyboard layers and string–section sprees? He must be teasing at least a little bit, right?
★Ξ★ If any doubt lingered after Little Kingdom, Citay's triumphant and enormous 2007 debut for Dead Oceans, then Dream Get Together — Feinberg's third and most expansive album as Citay — dispels it entirely. From the Fleetwood Mac grandeur of the ballad "Mirror Kisses", sung by tUnE–YaRdS' Merrill Garbus, to the five minutes of instrumental swagger of "Secret Breakfast", Dream Get Together gathers the totems and taboos of 1970s rock and, as the record's title suggests, treats them all like the guests of some imagined jam session. At times, it might seem a tad cornball or cute, but Citay make triumphant, affirming music that leaves no room for irony.
★Ξ★ Dream Get Together's closer, a cover of the 1988 Galaxie 500 single "Tugboat", is the most concise and accessible example. A room–filling acoustic guitar, more brisk and bold than it is schmaltzy, takes the rhythm, and a radiating electric line washes atop, announcing the theme in advance of Feinberg's, for once, dominant vocals. "I don't want to stay at your party/ I don't want to talk with your friends/ I don't want to vote for your president," he sings in harmony with himself. If the original take followed those declarations with question marks or uncertain ellipses, Feinberg chases them with exclamation points. Like the Galaxie 500 take, Citay end with an extended guitar vamp. But Galaxie 500's dissonance and stuttered lines wound tightly in turmoil. Feinberg and Green whirl in delight, their foil guitars treating the exit more like a liftoff than a comedown. It just feels good.
★Ξ★ That holds for much of Dream, too. The title track, for instance, is a total celebration — shakers, strums, and big drums opening the door for a sharp guitar line and Feinberg's summertime revelry. In one verse, he references Neil Diamond and Steely Dan and, more importantly, details the joy of his dreams — "two hands out the window, two hands shifting gears." Opener "Careful with That Hat" is a sidewinding epic veering between choral swells, a Motorik midsection, and a solo that sends San Francisco's past exploding into the air like sparks.
★Ξ★ Through it all, Citay supply a surprising amount of editing and elegance to these jams. Just two break the seven–minute mark. When Garbus' oohs and aahs float through a thick keyboard–and–acoustic haze on "Mirror Kisses" — or even when the guitars lock in long, winding harmonies during "Fortunate Sun" — Citay remain controlled and careful. Songs are constructed so that each line plays a certain role, every note tells its tale. Maybe that's where it will lose some listeners, too: It's not tough and rough and wild around the edges like Green's old band could be, or a lot of heavy metal can be. And it's not open at the ends like jam–band music. But this is Feinberg's third album of eight tracks in about 40 minutes, all exploring the same excitable intersection of psychedelia and pop. By now, he doesn't seem to be the sort to back down from his musical decisions or not to pursue the lavish sounds he hears in his head. Good thing, too: If he did, these intense little trips would be a lot less fun.
AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra ★ Score: ★★★★
★Ξ★ On Citay’s third album, Dream Get Together, the group keep on doing what’s been working so far, with very few changes to their unique sound. Masterminds Ezra Feinberg and Tim Green have again concocted a guitar lover’s dream album. From the layered acoustic strumming that underpins everything to the harmony leads (that are borrowed from Green’s Fucking Champs) and the moments of wild soloing that should have even the most hardheaded head–banger nodding in approval, there is an abundance of six–string prowess. As on previous albums, the group makes sure to add some pretty melodies, sweet female harmony vocals, and the occasional keyboard to the mix to keep it from becoming too much of a fret–fest. The songs, too, are varied in sound and feel, some are raging rockers like the opening "Careful with That Hat" (which concludes with an impressively fierce guitar solo), some are catchy almost–folk–rockers, and the title track is an epically meditative jam that builds to a maelstrom of guitar noise. They even throw in a suitably spaced–out cover of Galaxie 500’s "Tugboat," and welcome a few guests (Merrill Garbus of tUnE–YArDs sings on "Mirror Kisses," Joel Robinow of Howlin' Rain contributes a synth solo on the most metallic song here, "Hunter"). Throughout, Feinberg continues to impress with his ability to create long, multi–part songs that sound both lazily stoned and meticulously crafted. They may not be what most people would consider classic songs with verses and choruses, but they have enough construction to keep them from drifting away. Green’s production, too, is an invaluable factor, he layers the guitars and vocals into a lush and hazy blanket of sound that is very easy to get lost in. Together they create a sound you won’t hear anywhere else. Dream Get Together is the rare 2000s album that sounds better played end to end than it does broken down into pieces. A track might sound good in a random mix, sure, but taken together, the effect is somewhat magical. ★Ξ★ http://www.allmusic.com/
Samuel Valdes Lopez, 05 February 2010 ★ Score: 10/10
Nick Annan ★ Score: 7
Jeff Terich, Reviewed on March 2, 2010
★ Citay, 2006, Important Records (CD), Frenetic Records (LP)
★ Little Kingdom, 2007, Dead Oceans (CD), Important Records (LP)
★ Remixes, 2009, Dead Oceans
★ Dream Get Together (2010)
Press: Abe Morris —
Agent: Erik Carter — © Citay at the End of the Road festival, Dorset, UK, September 2010.
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