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Washington DC’s CITY-STATE captures that shimmering, yet stark area where early 80’s post-punk meets modern brit-pop. Self-recorded and self-produced, this debut EP resonates with the doleful yet romantic, driven urgent grandeur of those genres. Jim Anderson, Matthew Kalinowski, Daryl Marco, and Joao Malhinha make up a quartet of diverse musicians moving forward into a new musical realm.

CITY-STATE was born in Jim’s apartment one summer where he and Matthew (who had bonded over a shared love of Elliott Smith and Iron Maiden) started writing the beginnings of songs that combined Jim’s stark, yet warm, sincere voice with Matthew’s dense, layered guitar and keyboard work. Fast forward several months, the CITY-STATE sound was complete when Jim and Matt enlisted Daryl and Joao to fill out the rhythm section. With Daryl and Joao in tow, they were able to give Jim and Matt’s songs a grander theatrical atmosphere, with the music ranging from a textured minimalism to a lush bombast.

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