Release Date: Jan 26, 2010
Record label: Dead Oceans
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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.
"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." 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.
Ezra Feinberg and his pals in Citay tread a dangerous road with their expansive tunes. Their guitar heroics and soaring keys are the stuff of proggy excess, or those bands your black sheep uncle out west follows on tour all summer. In short, these guys like to jam. But Dream Get Together shows once again that Citay may like to jam, but they’re damned good at it.
Everybody loves the sun, right? Everyone loves things shiny, and just so. Everyone likes light entertainment, toe-tapping tempo, sweet harmony vocals, and smooth, tapering guitar lines. Right? Right. It's why bands like the Eagles were big, why Hall and Oates were great. If you're cruising around ….
Short Review: Citay's Dream Get Together is hippy bullshit, and I mean that in the best way possible. Long Review: Citay is comprised Ezra Feinberg and a revolving door of musicians. Their focus, it seems, is to combine elements of folk, psychedelia and sunny '60s-style pop into the longest guitar jam possible. Considering how many current bands are leaning on digital elements to create their sound, Citay's commitment to the guitar is almost endearing.
Citay present a fantasy version of prog for 2010. Alex Tudor 2010 It’s the sign of a strong identity that an album cuts through the weather and general grime of London to show you the perennial summer of San Francisco in the 1970s is only a song away. Borne on a buoyant pulse of strummed acoustic guitars, with the shimmer of flanged electric guitars zig-zagging between them, most of the tracks on Californian combo’s Citay’s third LP feel like prog epics – even the ones that stay under seven minutes.