CD released: Dec 06, 2010
Drawing on fractured psych, girl groups and minimalist composers, Secret Cities have conjured a kaleidoscopic, strangely moving whole out of disparate pieces. Distorted loops, drones, and thundering toms underpin distant voices. Pianos are pounded. Grainy acoustic guitars come through like AM transmissions received deep underground. But even as strange sounds and frequencies get pushed out front, the melodies get top billing. From the galloping heartbreak of opener Pink City to the final, cathartic release of The End, Graffiti Tapes is pop music turned in on itself.