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Video of the Moment #1974: City and Colour

 
By on Friday, 11th December 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

One of Toronto’s most talented songs, Dallas Green, better known by his inanimate stage name City and Colour, has a new video out this week for yet another track from his fifth album ‘If I Should Go Before You’. The release dropped in October, and our Carrie reviewed it for us (read her thoughts about the LP at the link).

I’m not big into interpretative dance. I’m sure this promo for ‘Lover Come Back’ – starring a young and talented African-American dancer kicking up his heels in a daytime rural setting (a cotton field no less, recalling days of slavery and oppression), then at nighttime among flames and embers – while looking artsy, is, representative of something far more important and touching than I can glean from just watching this once. Watch it below.

City and Colour hits the live scene in the UK in February; all the details are here. For more of our continuing coverage of Green and his music on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Video of the Moment #1942: City and Colour

 
By on Wednesday, 28th October 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

City and Colour – aka Toronto singer/songwriter Dallas Green – released his fifth album, the emotionally-titled ‘If I Should Go Before You’, earlier this month. (You can read Carrie’s thoughts on the new LP here.) Today, he has a new promo video out for ‘Wasted Love’, which sees Green performing the blues-inflected song with his acoustic guitar and a full band among party revelers bearing sparklers at a hole in the wall kind of club. Watch it below.

‘If I Should Go Before You’ is out now on Dine Alone Records/Caroline International. Green and co. will be on tour in the UK in February 2016; check out this previous tour date post for all the details. For past TGTF coverage on City and Colour, head this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kKx8PneuR8[/youtube]

 

Album Review: City and Colour – If I Should Go Before You

 
By on Monday, 19th October 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

City and Colour IISGBY coverToronto singer/songwriter City and Colour (also known by the city and colour of his given name, Dallas Green) abandoned his native city and decamped to Nashville for the recording of his last album, ‘The Hurry and the Harm’. Finding success in that setting, Green once again headed to Nashville’s Blackbird Studios to record his current LP ‘If I Should Go Before You’. “In Toronto”, Green says in the album’s press release, “I think of what I have to do. In Nashville, I think of everything I have done”.

Green chose to draw on previous experience in self-producing the new album, with assistance from Karl ‘Horse’ Bareham, but perhaps more importantly, he also chose to enlist the members of his touring band to play on the recording. Comprising bassist Jack Lawrence, guitar player Dante Schwebel, drummer Doug MacGregor and multi-instrumentalist Matt Kelly, the band certainly expanded City and Colour’s soundscape in the studio, but according to Green’s commentary below, their influence on the album started well before the recording process began.

They inspired me to want to create new music, just to create it with them. I don’t think I wrote these songs for the band, per se, but I certainly wrote them because of the band. Anybody who has seen us play will understand that this is the best representation of what we do live that we have ever recorded. I was so excited about being able to make and record an album with these guys that it just flowed. I felt so confident about their abilities to make all of my ideas come true.

Opening track and early album single ‘Woman’ (previously featured here), a sultry, bluesy affair that smoulders continuously throughout its languorous 9-minute length, is an immediate affirmation of Green’s sentiment. Its slow-burning intensity sets the bar high for the rest of the album, and for the most part, Green and his colleagues are able to deliver on its potential.

Most of the outstanding individual tracks on ‘If I Should Go Before You’ are on the first half of the album, building on the initial momentum of ‘Woman’. ‘Northern Blues’ is smoothly jazzy, with Green’s silky falsetto floating gracefully over a deep, pulsing groove, while ‘Mizzy C’ is grittier and more blues rock-oriented. Title track ‘If I Should Go Before You’ is another slow-burner whose allusive lyrics “when the night cries itself awake / dying in the light of day / our endless love will remain / until we meet again” benefit from both the jazz harmonies behind them and Green’s exquisitely sensual vocal delivery.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/fbStWiWDCEI[/youtube]

‘Wasted Love’ is one of the album’s most upbeat tracks, its concise and forceful lyrics matched by a boldly bluesy instrumental arrangement. From that point forward, the album strays from its established formula and takes on a warmer, though less cohesive, overall sound. ‘Runaway’ has a rather unexpected country tinge, while the gospel flavour of ‘Lover Come Back’ is heartfelt but possibly a bit predictable. ‘Map of the World’ is an energetic acoustic number that builds upon the evocative opening lines, “there is a map of the world that lies upon my weary face / each line representing a mile that I have traveled from place to place”. Closing track ‘Blood’ wisely showcases Green’s beautiful singing voice over an amazingly effective instrumental arrangement that somehow manages to feel both austere and expansive.

The first half of ‘If I Should Go Before You’ is a successful and enjoyable sonic experiment for City and Colour, while the second half is more varied, but also perhaps more comfortable and familiar. Overall, the album isn’t as much a definite change in direction for City and Colour as it is an expansion of his already established songwriting skill and his band’s demonstrated performing prowess.

7.5/10

‘If I Should Go Before You’, Dallas Green’s fifth release as City and Colour, is out now on Dine Alone Records/Caroline International. Green will tour the album in the UK and Ireland early next year; you can find a list of live dates right here.  For TGTF’s full archive of coverage on City and Colour, click here.

 

Video of the Moment #1921: City and Colour

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd September 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green, otherwise better known by his stage name City and Colour, is gearing up to release his next album ‘If I Should Go Before You’ in less than 3 weeks’ time. Ahead of the album being dropped, he has revealed a new lyric video for the title track, using images instead of people to convey the feelings of love and loneliness, and companionship and death explored in the song’s lyrics. It’s simple but powerful stuff. Watch it below.

‘If I Should Go Before You’ the album will be released on the 9th of October on Dine Alone Records. Tickets to his February 2016 UK and Irish tour are selling fast; all the dates are listed in this previous post. For past coverage of City and Colour on TGTF, head this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbStWiWDCEI[/youtube]

 

City and Colour / February 2016 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 29th July 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Canadian singer/songwriter City and Colour, known offstage by the name Dallas Green, has just announced details of a UK and Irish tour for the early part of next year.  Green will release his fifth album under the City and Colour moniker, titled ‘If I Should Go Before You’, on the 9th of October on Dine Alone Records.  You can watch the lyric video for the album’s first single ‘Woman’ just below the tour date listing.

Following on last year’s UK tour, which included a sold out show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, City and Colour will end his February tour with back-to-back London dates.  Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale on this Friday, the 31st of July, at 9 AM.

Previous TGTF coverage of City and Colour can be found right back here.

Thursday February 18th 2016 – Brighton Dome
Friday February 19th 2016 – Cardiff Great Hall
Saturday February 20th 2016 – Manchester Albert Hall
Monday February 22nd 2016 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday February 23rd 2016 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Wednesday February 24th 2016 – Glasgow Academy
Friday February 26th 2016 – London Troxy
Saturday February 27th 2016 – London Troxy

[youtube]https://youtu.be/DOXVdDULHPc[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1415: City and Colour

 
By on Monday, 16th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Dallas Green, better known by his stage name City and Colour, has released a brand new promo for ‘Harder Than Stone’, the second single taken from his current album ‘The Hurry and the Harm’. Black and white and often times giving you the feeling like you’re flying, it’s suitably trippy. Watch it below.

Catch City and Colour on tour in the new year – all the details are here.


City and Colour – Harder Than Stone on MUZU.TV.

 
 
 

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