Friday, March 27, 2009

Cicada - Metropolis

Cicada will release their second album Roulette on May 25th through Critical Mass. The record will be preceded by the release of the album track ‘Metropolis’ as a single on May 18th.

The follow up to their self-titled debut album of 2006, Roulette effortlessly ranges in styles; from the best moments of vintage electro-pop on the euphoric lead single ‘Metropolis’ (already receiving support from Radio 1), to the darkest recesses of electro-indie on ‘Executive’, featuring Tom Smith of The Editors on vocals.

Dance fans will hear echoes of William Orbit’s finest moments and Daft Punk’s seminal debut on the gloriously percussive ‘P-Star’. Indie fans will latch onto Technique-era New Order. Pop fans will simply hear great melodies and concise song-writing reminiscent of Blondie at their peak. Throughout, Roulette is underpinned by consistently big and intelligent beats, washes of glorious synths, and the haunting, hugely melodic vocals of Icelandic siren Heidrun Bjornsdottir.

An album standout is ‘One Beat Away’, a product of the band’s burgeoning success as a must-see live act. In the past 2 years the band (Alex Payne, Aaron Gilbert, Heidrun, and drummer Duncan ‘Pixie’ Mills) has toured the world, becoming a festival staple in Australia, South America & Europe, playing alongside the likes of Cut Copy and The Beastie Boys, and playing shows in Russia and the former Eastern Bloc.

Cicada came to exist originally as the remix and production duo of Alex and Aaron, and in no time released a series of acclaimed remixes of artists as diverse as Depeche Mode, New Order, Chelonis Jones, Electric Six, BT and even lad-rock heroes The Enemy. They soon started working on their own material and after a series of singles released their debut album through Payne’s own indie label Critical Mass. Mixmag declared it ‘a gorgeous selection of songs’, while DJ mag gave it the seal of approval, stating that the record, ‘excels with its retro vs modern feel’. Through word of mouth, electrifying live performances, and with zero marketing spend, the record sold over 30,000 copies.

Please enjoy this free remix of the forth-coming single 'Metropolis':

Cicada - Metropolis (The Twelves Remix) [click to download]

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