PlaylistRusty Matyas of Imaginary Cities not afraid to reveal his playlist
Posted by Rusty Matyas, musician | Thursday December 20, 2012
Imaginary Cities like to play in the snow (Trevor Marczylo)
Rusty Matyas and the rest of Imaginary Cities are getting ready for a sold out show at the Pyramid Cabaret on December 20.
And since Matyas has also spent time touring with the Pixies, making
music as a member of The Waking Eyes and playing live with The
Weakerthans, we though it was high time to find out what this busy
musician has been listening to lately.
"Simple Song" by The Shins
When I saw the Shins perform this on Saturday Night Live last winter, I
remember thinking "there IS hope for live music!" It was so nice to see a band
play instruments with their hands, and sing a song with their real voices that
On top of that, it's one of the most well written pop songs I've
heard in a long time. The production on the whole record is amazing too.
Probably my favourite record of the last year.
"Masquerade" by Edward Bear
I heard this song for the first time in September. I was on my way to the
studio for the first day of recording our new record, and I had missed the
introduction so I didn't know who it was.
I wasn't about to Shazaam while
driving because that would just be dangerous. As soon as I got there I ran
inside, picked up an acoustic guitar and played it for Neil Cameron (our
engineer) who quickly figured out it was Edward Bear, who he'd seen perform at
his high school!
The song's classic seventies production, the chord progression
and melody, and his uniquely soulful voice grabbed me immediately. I've been a
fan ever since.
"It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette
These guys wrote some of the best pop songs. Amazing key changes, the
bridges always lift in that perfect way, and she has such a great powerful
The key change after the bridge in this song jumps up about five steps!
That's bold! And I love it. And I'm not afraid to admit it. Yes, I had awesome
seats when my wife and I saw them at the MTS Centre earlier this year.
"Back to You" by Bryan Adams
I feel very similar about Bryan Adams' songwriting as I do Roxette's. Such
strong melodies and bridges, and that VOICE! He's the Canadian Rod Stewart - ol'
I saw him at the MTS Centre as well, and he still sounds as
strong as ever. I love the piano line at the end of this song. I also love that
the only version I know of is live - and it sounds perfect.
"I Don't Know" by The Sheepdogs
I've known the Sheepdogs guys for many years, and we've worked together
many times (they are also guests on the new Imaginary Cities record). I've never
ever ever ever seen a band work so hard, so relentlessly, and be so deserving of
the successes they've had in the last couple of years.
And it's not only their
work ethic - they are incredibly tight musicians and singers. Ewan is one of the
best songwriters I've ever had the privilege to work with, and I truly believe
he has the best voice that rock 'n' roll has seen since the likes of Freddie
Mercury. Canada is lucky to have them.
Imaginary Cities plays the Pyramid Cabaret on December 20.