Local electro-pop duo City Rain are continuing to have a big year. The success of last year’s hit single and music video for “The Optimist” helped earn the band first place in the MTVU Freshmen contest, and a whole lot of exposure along with it. Now, the electronic duo is gearing up for the release of their new album Songs for a High School Dance, due out May 2, with an album release show at Underground Arts May 1 and two free downloadable tracks via the band’s Soundcloud page that didn’t quite make the final cut.
The instrumental first track, “One Million Shades”, combines spacey electric guitar melodies with bass heavy synths, bringing to mind a loaded up, beat infused version of Explosions in the Sky (the fact that it’s an instrumental undoubtedly contributes to this). “Nephew” features Ben Runyan’s signature hearty vocals over a faster, up-tempo beat, never without piercing guitar melodies.
Be sure to check out City Rain’s residency stint at Ortlieb’s on Wednesdays throughout May. Get tickets for the album release show at Underground Arts when they become available here, and stream the free tracks below.