The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.
By Jessica Lewis
When you have a unique voice like Marti Sarbit’s, it’s hard to see why you would want to surround it with basic computer handclaps, high synth notes, bird chirps and drumbeats. Her old soul’s voice is occasionally hindered by these qualities on her debut album with multi-instrumentalist Rusty Matyas. The Winnipeg, MB-based duo use Sarbit’s voice as an anchor, but everything around it feels like simple pop rock. They have a few catchy tunes, such as “Hummingbird,” “Don’t Cry” and “Ride This Out,” which will get your feet tapping, but towards the end of the album, the steam runs out. It feels like there’s something here, and the Pixies clearly felt it too, choosing the duo to open for them on their upcoming tour. Here’s hoping that in the future, Imaginary Cities get a bit realer. (Hidden Pony)