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Winnipeg, MB, CANADA
Hidden Pony Records
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Western Canadian band Imaginary Cities’ debut disc Temporary Resident is so fully realized that it’s surprising to learn that happenstance first brought primary songwriters Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas together in Winnipeg’s small but fertile music scene.

It was Marti Sarbit’s voice that immediately captured multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Rusty Matyas’s attention at the Cavern, a Winnipeg bar where Sarbit was fronting a Motown cover band and Matyas had come to mix the sound. Matyas, a major label veteran via his band The Waking Eyes and a touring member of Canadian indie rock stalwarts The Weakerthans, knew he wanted to write something for -- or with -- this innately gifted young singer if only to commit her voice to tape and hear what the results might be. The instantly compelling “Say You” was the song they soon whipped up, and one quick listen to what is now Imaginary Cities’ dramatic album opener clearly demonstrates what caught Matyas’s ear – and what subsequently propelled the duo to the top of Canada’s college charts and year-end best-of lists.

Though Canadian critics often emphasis the soul-music aspect of the duo, Imaginary Cities utilizes a mixture of musical flavors for a more expansive, often stirring, pop-rock palate, as in the albums’ title track “Temporary Resident”, or others such as “Don’t Cry,” or “Hummingbird”. They also take an amusing left turn with “Manitoba Bossa Nova,” which sounds just like the title suggests.

Throughout 2011, Imaginary Cities’ debut has gradually been released in various territories outside of Canada, including Europe and Australia, where they toured last year, backed by a band they’d assembled with other Winnipeg-based musician friends. Their reputation grew quickly, appearing in the North by Northeast music festival, winning a Western Canada Music Award for best pop album of the year and were long-listed for the Polaris Prize. They have snagged opening spots with groups like Ra Ra Riot and Besnard Lakes. Most impressively they were invited to join the Pixies on the entire run of their North American tour last year.

In a little over a year, Rusty and Marti have evolved from strangers, to a pair of musical allies tinkering in the studio to part of a permanent five-piece band preparing for the U.S release of Temporary resident and subsequent tour dates. Imaginary Cities is proof that sometimes the best creative partnerships are simply destined to be. 

 

Fall of Romance
Hidden Pony Records
May, 2013
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Seasides EP
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Temporary Resident
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Hummingbird EP
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Video

Imaginary Cities, Say You 4:21

Imaginary Cities, Say You

Live from the Royal Albert Arms Hotel in Winnipeg, MB.

Imaginary Cities Promo Video! 4:29

Imaginary Cities Promo Video!

Check out our new Promotional Video, featuring interviews with Marti and Rusty, plus, footage of them playing outside in Winnipeg on a beautiful afternoon!

Imaginary Cities, Hummingbird 3:41
Imaginary Cities,feat. Alexa Dirks, Ride This Out, Live at The Burton C Theatre 2:50
Imaginary Cities, That's Where It's At Sam, Live at The Burton C Theatre Winnipeg 3:50
Imaginary Cities, Ride This Out 2:51

Imaginary Cities, Ride This Out

Imaginary Cities music video for their song Ride This Out. Directed by Jeremy Fisher www.imaginarycities.ca

Imaginary Cities, Hummingbird, Music Video 3:57

Imaginary Cities, Hummingbird, Music Video

New Imaginary Cities video for the song Hummingbird. Made by Crush media.

Imaginary Cities, Calm Before the Storm 4:18
Imaginary Cities - Say You (Acoustic Version) 4:05

Imaginary Cities - Say You (Acoustic Version)

Imaginary Cities playing an acoustic version of their song 'Say You' from the album ' Temporary Resident' at their jam space in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Filmed by: Nice! productions

Imaginary Cities - Ride This Out (Acoustic Version) 3:04

Imaginary Cities - Ride This Out (Acoustic Version)

Imaginary Cities playing an acoustic version of their song 'Ride This Out' from the album 'Temporary Resident' at their jam space in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Filmed by: Nice! productions

Imaginary Cities - Marry The Sea (Acoustic Version) 2:45

Imaginary Cities - Marry The Sea (Acoustic Version)

Imaginary Cities playing an acoustic version of their song 'Marry The Sea' from the 'Hummingbird' EP at their jam space in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Filmed by: Nice! productions

Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident (Acoustic Version) 3:37

Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident (Acoustic Version)

Imaginary Cities playing an acoustic version of their song 'Temporary Cities' from the album 'Temporary Resident' at their jam space in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Filmed by: Nice! productions

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