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A City on a Lake

A City on a Lake

(High Ceilings Music; US: 17 Jul 2012; UK: 17 Jul 2012)

With A City on a Lake, Alex Wong has touched commercial heartache gold. It’ll be genuinely shocking if this release doesn’t take off, due to a pivotal placement in an emotion-heavy scene on a network television show. The nice part about that is that these songs are delicately assembled pieces that are gorgeously textured and produced, which is more than a lot of other artists who achieved notoriety in that fashion. On A City on a Lake Wong is in full confessional mode and drives these confessions home with deliberate arrangements. Miraculously, they don’t feel overly trite or contrived, which speaks volumes to Wong’s talent and abilities. This is a very effective and quietly compelling debut record from an artist who seems destined for future over-exposure.

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Steven is a writer, musician, and filmmaker from Wisconsin who has spent his fair share of time in the entertainment trenches. He frequently contributes reviews and interviews to Playground Misnomer, which can be accessed here: http://www.playgroundmisnomer.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @unbusyinwi.


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