Imaginary Cities was born in a Winnipeg club called The Cavern, in between sets. This new group, founded in a chance meeting, is fast becoming one of the world’s brightest new bands.
Western Canadian band Imaginary Cities’ debut disc Temporary Resident is so fully realized – exuberant and anthemic at times, moody and soulful at others – that it’s surprising to learn that happenstance first brought primary songwriters Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas together in Winnipeg’s small, but fertile music scene.
Given Sarbit’s grounding in the Motown catalog, Canadian critics have often emphasized the soul-music aspect of the duo. Imaginary Cities uses R&B as just one flavor in a more expansive, often stirring, pop-rock palate– check out title track “Temporary Resident,” “Don’t Cry,” or “Hummingbird,” which has a “Come on, Come on, Come on” chorus that practically demands shouting along. They also take an amusing left turn with “Manitoba Bossa Nova,” which sounds just like the title suggests.
Throughout 2011 Imaginary Cities’ debut has gradually been released in various territories outside of Canada. They won a Western Canada Music Award for Best Pop Album of the Year and were long-listed for the Polaris Prize, Canada’s version of Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize.
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