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Stripped down: The Citradels’ Newest Album Tracs

Sharing a mutual love of 60s psych and garage, Pow Magazine’s support and appreciation for The Citradels should come at no surprise. I personally have reviewed them several times now, and am always happy to hear their newest creations. Having released their latest album Tracs in June of this year, I knew I would be in for a musical treat. 

Based in Melbourne, Australia, they have already released 10 albums in the last 7 years. If that doesn’t say something about their ingenuity and work ethic, I don’t know what does. Their studio in rural Victoria provided the perfect atmosphere to craft their latest album—this time around they stripped down their sound and incorporated a vast array of new influences, including strong folk elements—this is especially prevalent in their track “Main View”. Over time they have come to prioritize song writing and lyrical content over an overly processed sound. In their own words, their recent album took “cues from the likes of Neil Young and Drugdealer.” This is a clear development from their early sound which was dubbed “‘drone n roll” and had heavy dream-pop and shoegaze influences. This being said, these early influences are still very much present in their newest album, they just have evolved slightly and are now incorporated with new elements—tracks like “Day by Day” allows the listener to experience this progression fully. Though perhaps sounding a bit counterintuitive, the result of these changes produces a more refined, committed and honest approach to their sound and further development as artists. Bands which are able to go through periods of self-imposed introspection to re-evaluate their sound and goals as a cohesive group, and furthermore make the necessary changes to realize this, should be greatly respected; it shows their commitment to becoming better artists and pushing the limit to what is familiar to them. It short, it represents incredible growth.

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Listening further, one can’t help but feel similarities between The Citradels’ “Turn Away” or “Siren Song” and the echoing, at times melancholy melodies evocative of groups such as Simon & Garfunkel (“Scarborough Fair”/ “The Sound of Silence”) and even early Beach Boys’ numbers like “In my Room”. Though the tracks have an unmistakable depth and complexity to them, gentle harmonies which bring about a familiar nostalgia for sunshine pop bands of the 60s and 70s, are sprinkled throughout. Despite the simplified instrumental aspect, The Citradels tracks’ “Only You” and “In the Wind” project these deep, soulful yet de-constructed harmonies we’ve seen time and again with The Mamas and the Papas or The Hollies, in numbers like “The Air that I breath”.

Watch their music video for “Been Here A While” here:

“Been Here A While”

Tracs illustrates to us listeners, through stripped down harmonies and heavy folk-pop influence, the cumulative efforts of an ingenious group. It takes The Citradels to new heights in terms of song writing and lyrical composition, and yet doesn’t allow us to forget their dreamy pop origins—a true demonstration of their consistent progression as a group. Another valued album from very talented artists; please support them and listen to their latest album here: https://thecitradels.bandcamp.com/

The Citradels
The Citradels

Tracklist:
Tracs
Day by day
Thankless
Cathrine   
Been here a while
Turn away
Only You
Mainview
In the wind 
The crown
Wait till I’m up again
Siren Song
 In the rain
The fifth time around

Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: theeccentricbourgeoisie@gmail.com | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.