Imaginary Cities in a rather curious rehearsal space (Trevor Marczylo)
To have people you really respect play on your record is really cool.
—Marti Sarbit, musician
Imaginary Cities, the acclaimed local soul/pop outfit helmed by vocalist Marti Sarbit and multi-instrumentalist Rusty Matyas, is about to release its sophomore album, Fall Of Romance -- and it may just be the most anticipated local release of the year.
By now, 'Mag Cities dramatic rise is well-documented; a banner 2011 saw its acclaimed instant indie hit of a debut, Temporary Resident, get longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and the band handpicked to open for alt-rock pioneers Pixies.
A project formed out of a chance meeting quickly blew up into one of Winnipeg's biggest musical exports.
Fall of Romance is poised to do equally big things for the band. Due out May 28 via Hidden Pony Records, the album sees the band stretch out over more lush, cinematic soundscapes without losing the energy or urgency of its predecessor. Everything is a bit bolder and a bit brighter, from the hooks to the boy/girl harmonies to Sarbit's soaring choruses.
"For this one, I think we had a bigger and clearer idea of what we wanted," Sarbit says. "For the last one, we were just getting started and getting to know each other. The 11 songs that got on the last record were the 11 songs we had.
"We wanted it to feel like a step up," she adds. "It has a bigger sound in general." She's not wrong about that; rafter-reaching songs such as "All The Time," resplendent with its choir, are destined to be played in arenas.