Julius Airwave

The City the Forest

by Jason MacNeil

24 April 2007

 

The second album from Julius Airwave opens with the brief intro “In the City”, but most of this record is best suited for the open road. A song such as “Glory Glory” has an indie rock foundation, but allows enough space for it to occasionally veer into dance-rock during the chorus. It sounds like something that the National might have come up. The retro dance-rock motif is revisited for “Burning Clouds”. Meanwhile, far more tranquil and uplifting is “Nannerl”, which sounds like mildly like Coldplay without the beefy, arena-sized hook. It’s a very pretty and well-crafted song that ebbs and flows thanks to chief songwriter and singer Rick Colado. But the Julius Airwave has a spring in their step with the delightful Beatles-tinged pop oozing out of “Broken Bells” and the leaner “Fur”, a song the band definitely shines on. The band works through each song without any hassles or problems, even during the quirky but effective mid-tempo “Finale”. There’s also a fresh feeling about the record that makes every song catch your attention, even the keyboard-laced “Shipwreck”. Closing with the spoken word-cum-rock song “Every Little Bit Helps” concludes this impressive release.

The City the Forest

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