ON City Calm Down’s second album Echoes In Blue frontman Jack Bourke has focused on the mundane aspects of life – working nine to five, commuting, marital complacency.
Yet the beauty of the record is he’s addressed the everyday subject in the most profound manner.
On the opening Joan, I’m Disappearing, written from the perspective of a middle-aged man whose lost his wife due to his workaholic lifestyle, Bourke croons in his baritone, “Joan I've loved you since/I Was seventeen/ And I am lost without you/ At first I didn't feel it/ But now I’m disappearing.” It’s truly heart-breaking and beautiful.
Later on Decision Fatigue, Bourke adds more emotional weight to the relationship when he addresses the woman’s point of view in the lyrics, “In all our years apart/I’ve never let you know/I’m done with treading here/I need the undertow.”
City Calm Down have also expanded their sonic palette. While their debut In A Restless House drew from ’80s legends The Church, Echoes In Blue mines foreign turf in the post-punk scene with its haze of frenetic guitars and synths.
There’s elements of David Bowie’s Berlin period, Joy Division, New Order and Echo & The Bunnymen in the cinematic and moody arrangements.
While Echoes In Blue is thematically melancholic the melodies soar. In This Modern Land has a chorus built for stadiums and Kingdom and Blood are both propelled by tension.
Since releasing their debut EP Movements in 2012 City Calm Down have promised to deliver a masterpiece. Echoes In Blue fulfills that potential.