“Chiming, mesmerizing, melodic songs that mix the organic and synthetic into a seamlessly psychedelic whole. Thick glowing neon lead guitar lines blazing a trail somewhere between Geddy Lee and Michael Rother, while Led Zeppelin bleeds through the wallpaper. The uninitiated listener could easily be excused for thinking this might be some lost early 70′s masterpiece.” – Dream Magazine
Upon listening to this album for the first time all the way through, I can say that this self-titled debut from Citay is by far one of the best LPs and certainly one of the most promising debuts I’ve heard in a really long time. To me, Citay sounds like a combination of the best 70′s power ballad riffs and solos you can think of matched seamlessly with Sufjan‘s wonderfully lush orchestration.
I’m hesitant to label this as “freak-folk.” While it is like nothing you’ve ever heard before, and while it does emphasize an unusual folk-like instrumentation, it falls very far from the current freak-folk giants. I feel there’s something about freak-folk that puts an emphasis on accessibility, or a lack thereof…if that’s true, Citay couldn’t be further from such a label…you’ll love it the first time you hear it (all highly recommended):