Australian Indie-Pop Four-piece City Calm Down took the time to make a mixtape for us. The lads have a few English shows coming up in May, you can get tickets to em here.
So apparently, their keyboard player has been trying his hand at the guitar lately. From the sounds of things, it’s still a work in progress. Here’s a playlist of tunes he wishes he can play on guitar. Take it away City Calm Down:
Sam has been trying his hand at learning to play guitar over the last few months. He still sucks. Here is a playlist he has been trying to get his fingers around:
Slowdive, Star Roving
My fav song of 2017. So simple but this chord progression is epic, and the production creating the wall of sound is spot on. Turn your speakers or amp up to 11.
Fleet Foxes, If you need to keep time on me
Absolutely beautiful vocal melody. Classic Fleet Foxes sound is hard to go past – stripped back and understated instrumentation, sweet harmonies. The kind of song you listen to on the bus when you’re far from home, everyone is tired and the sun is setting outside as the countryside passes by….
Father John Misty, Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Anthemic song makes you want to sing at the top of your lungs. Easy to play, easy to listen to. Interesting use of simple but cavernous drum sounds and classic rock guitar.
Duran Duran, Girls on Film
Gets you dancing around the house when you should be doing the cleaning. Every. Time. Killer lead guitar lines.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, French Press
These guys are the new thing. Listen to everything they have made, it’s all amazing. Great storytellers too…this one is about two brothers on different sides of the world trying to talk on the phone. The stories they tell always hit home with a human element to them.
David Byrne & St. Vincent, Who
One of the best video clips I have ever seen – the dancing is incredible. The baritone sax in the base gives this song such an interesting tone and rhythm.
Ariel Pink, Baby
Takes me back to an earlier time. Smooth vocals and soft kit lapping away in the background make this a super sexy groove.
Great mix of guitar hook and mesmerising repeating synth sounds. Lulls me into another world. Kind of reminds me of some of the POGO Disney remixes.
Black Marble, Iron Lung
Interesting synth sounds and a driving guitar/bass and percussion keeps me bopping at speed. Very reminiscent of Joy Division bass leads and simple New Order synths. I have no idea what they are singing about at all though – I hope its great.
Motorama, Heavy Waves
The Russian post-punk version of Future Islands? Great mix of guitar melodies with soaring synth lines. Bliss.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hunnybee
Some serious swagger here. I get a bit of Anderson .Paak from the beat and bass groove. Nielson’s vocal is so soft and subtle. A good contrast to a lot of their other recent tracks which feature heavy vocal distortion.
Here are all of the tracks in a handy little Spotify playlist:
City Calm Down are touring England in May, grab tickets here: ticketweb.co.uk/citycalmdown