I jumped into this review without knowing what to expect. I didn’t know anything about Royal Canoe except a little excerpt that came with the emailed list of albums to review. I never heard of them and didn’t even know what kind of music it was going to be let alone if I would dig them or not.
I recently traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for a work function. I had never been there and had zero desire to travel back to the cold chill of the Mid-West. However, when I got there I found out that the unknown outpost in bum-fuck Indiana is a bangin’ town with a shout out to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, and the beautiful White River State Park hugging the outer edges of the Circle City.
The Philadelphia music scene has turned over a new leaf. I recently had the chance to check out Montage, the brand new release from Philadelphia’s City Rain. As a former resident of The City of Brotherly Love, and a long-time fan of the Philly music scene, I was in for a pleasant surprise. City Rain is a talented duo playing a fresh electronic rock. The EP is dominated by clever lyrics, catchy synthesizers and drum machines of Ben Runyan, but also offers some smooth guitar from Jarrett Zerrer.
The title track is a fun techno dance track that reminds me a bit of the now defunct Handsome Furs. It’s a hip song with hit potential. “I Remember” is another fun poppy track along the same vein and was my favorite cut on the album. It brought back pleasant memories of late night techno rock under the booming speakers of The Revival, the legendary Philly after hours haunt of years gone by.
“Hearts On Fire” is a bit less techno, and a good song that slows the beat down a bit and features some nice keyboards and piano from Runyan. There are two versions of “Big Boys Do Cry.” I’d recommend the remix version which is a good instrumental, and avoids the over-the-top three minute introduction on the original version.
I’m typically more of a five piece guitar band fan, but this EP is a a fresh new sound from The City of Brotherly Love that’s worth a listen.