Premiere: Sydney's Old Cities tease upcoming EP with new single, Again
The mellow, stripped-back cut is the second single from his upcoming EP, out in August.
Header photo by Alistair McKenzie.
There's something remarkably difficult about writing emotion-driven music that still packs a punch. Bands like City Calm Down have perfected it, crossing personal anecdotes and touching lyrics with soaring melodies and a larger-than-life live show, though others often have to sacrifice the commercial accessibility of a single in favour of writing something a bit personal – often burying these emotive cuts deep in album tracklistings where they're commonly skipped over in favour of the big singles (because y'know – the kids are all about bangers these days). Sydney's Old Cities – a project led by Isreal-born Jordi White – managed to pull it off, however, doing so spectacularly on their new single Again.
Combining a stripped-back, piano-central instrumental with his gripping lyrics, White manages to draw the emotion out of his words in a way comparable to the aforementioned City Calm Down frontman Jack Bourke but in a more mellow way – something more reminiscent of Coldplay's Chris Martin or Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody without that nostalgic mid-00s tinge. Telling a story of "trying to hold onto the light" in the more difficult moments of life, Again is a touching, almost-aching indie ballad that will 100% be one of the central pieces of Old Cities' upcoming EP, which will arrive in August. Watch the single's clip below, and stay tuned for more info on that EP release a little closer to the release date.
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