Winnipeg's Imaginary Cities has just released a new EP of updated material, along with a deliriously beautiful video for "Purple Heart," from their award winning album Temporary Resident.
The band, fronted by multi-instrumentalist Rusty Matyas and singer Marti Sarbit, are currently busy touring North America promoting their oft-cited soulful sound. But their new three song EP, titled Seasides (available here), revisits the songs "Marry the Sea" and "Temporary Resident" providing stripped-back, delicate takes on the originals. Rounding out the three song EP is a whimsical cover of Cake's twangy country number "Mexico," which sees Sarbit and Matyas trading vocals.
The video for "Purple Heart" was shot in Germany by young director Tilman Singer. The spacy video is as equally enchanting as the song, making for a little slice of indie-pop that will soothe your eyes and ears.
SCENE caught up with Rusty Matyas on the road, to ask him about the new material. Here is that interview:
After touring behind Temporary Resident for some time now, is it refreshing to release new versions of Resident's material for the Seaside EP?
Yeah it's definitely refreshing to release some new material. I'm a big fan of the Beatles days when you'd see a new album almost twice a year. This should tide us over until we release a new full-length (hopefully in spring or so next year!).
How have your songs evolved from their album version to the way you now perform them live?
The live show is definitely a different beast than our record. Often times there will be more going on than five people can pull off on stage, so finding those important parts and amping it up a bit makes for a slightly more rocking, streamlined live show.
What fueled the decision to cover Cake's "Mexico"?
I have been a big Cake fan for as long as I can remember. We were just sitting around the studio one day and I played "Mexico" for Marti, who loved it right away. We initially recorded it just for something fun to record. I always enjoy recording covers in different ways - finding a unique way to replicate the trumpet or keyboard line, and in this case turn the song into a "guy/girl" dialogue.
How has summer on the road been thus far?
It's been hot! And for such an extensive touring schedule, everything has been running pretty smoothly. We've gotten to swim in both oceans, and almost got pulled out by an under current on the Jersey Shore. We actually have an ongoing joke in the van where we get excited when a "thing" happens. For example, we saw a firetruck on the highway near Drumheller, AB. They were putting out some grass that was on fire. A thing happened!!
What was it like working on the video for Purple Heart in Germany with Tilman Singer, then seeing the resulting video months later?
We hadn't met Tilman until that afternoon in Cologne. He and his assistant were super nice. In fact, I think the whole video came about because he simply had an idea for a video for "Purple Heart." We had no idea what to expect, and we just performed the song a few times in front of a green screen in the back of a century-old opera house. Not knowing what's going to be around you in the video is always kind of exciting. I feel Tilman captured the mood of the song quite nicely. Also, I am a big fan of space and science fiction, so the neat shots at the beginning got my inner nerd going.