This self-titled EP by David & The Citizens may have preceded Until The Sadness Is Gone only by a few short months, but the debut extended play holds definite traces of an earlier, less mature group. One would think the short amount of time would leave little room change—yet the songs found encased here vary greatly from each other, and many from the long play that followed.
“Graycoated Morning” was a highlight off Until The Sadness Is Gone and, in fact, changed little if at all from this self-titled EP. But the highlight here is “Now She Sleeps In A Box In The Good Soil Of Denmark”, a song that opens with a rapidly strummed acoustic guitar. The harmonies match the most emotional songs off Until The Sadness Is Gone and it rivals that entire album in the sheer power behind both instrumentation and lyrics.
“Big Chill” is a catchy tune that throws in traits of punk-pop—you know, that overplayed one person sing this line, another sing the next so popular around 2006, when this was released—but here they tailor it to indie-pop, which adds an interesting and somewhat pleasing effect. The next few songs are about as different as you can get from “Big Chill” while maintaining indie-pop sensibilities.
The EP concludes with “Let’s Not Fall Apart,” another catchy track also found on Until The Sadness Is Gone. Yet it pales in comparison to the first two tracks. Overall, the EP is good; personally, I’d pick it up for “Now She Sleeps In A Box In The Good Soil Of Denmark” alone. While different in many ways from the album that followed, it was still obvious early on that David & The Citizens was destined for great things.
This review was originally published June 1, 2007 on the old version of FensePost.
David & The Citizens: Big Chill [mp3]
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David & The Citizens: Let’s Not Fall Apart [mp3]
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Friendly Fire Recordings [CDEP, 2006]
1. Graycoated Morning
2. Now She Sleeps In A Box In The Good Soil Of Denmark
3. Big Chill
4. Let Me Put It This Way
5. Summer Is No-Man’s Land
6. Let’s Not Fall Apart