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Model Citizen Announces Single, "Magic Trick"

“Magic Trick”, the new single from the 18-piece Brooklyn band, Model Citizen, is a provocative fusion of garage rock and jazzy grooves cutting straight through the restraints of genre like a sharpened knife freshly polished. The complex instrumentation includes heavy electric guitar and a lively horn section that pack a hard punch like a fist breaking through a heavy sheet of glass. The punk rock and jazz elements fall together like the individual shards as they shatter onto the floor to create an intricate mosaic of sound. The single is set for release March 25. It’s off of the upcoming album, The Next Life, co-produced by Grammy award-winning producer, Fernando Lodeiro (due out July 12).

Every genre-specific element on “Magic Trick” came together intuitively. Each musician mastering their craft builds up stirringly and comes to a full explosion like a tea kettle waiting to blow. The steady rise of groove and tension begins like a slow stroll before sprinting into full-speed as the horn section shapes the arrangement of the song. A “Billy Jean” inspired percussion sound greases the distorted, punk rock guitar, rupturing in each chorus as horns rattle seamlessly throughout the song. According to songwriter Mark Ciani, “Magic Trick” is, “a song that makes you want to strut and then run through a brick wall.” The waves of tension are further intensified as pitch-shifting vocal harmonies are elongated and bent into various shapes, maneuvering through the traffic of sound.

The upcoming album from Model Citizen, The Next Life, genre bends at every turn. Horn-filled Philly soul is followed by garage rock. A ballad straight from a mid-period Beatles album is followed by an emo-punk rager. Synthpop, power pop, guitar rock, country, reggae, folk, and an R&B ballad make their imprints in the fabric of the album as it wraps itself around each style of music. Arrangements modulate widely in their demeanor, from crowded anthems featuring 17 of the 18 members, to spare ballads that leave vocalist Josh Logan singing over a bare piano. Logan's vocal performance anchors the album, sculpting itself into each mold song-per-song. Songwriter Mark Ciani’s natural approach is to write songs of all different genres, throw them at the wall, and step back to admire the picture they create together.

 

The Next Life Track Listing:

  1. Every Time
  2. Magic Trick
  3. Get Out
  4. The Next Life
  5. The Other Shoe
  6. Death Wish
  7. I Will Resist
  8. Out of My Head
  9. No Goodbye
  10. Nuclear Dancehall
  11. Hell Hath No Fury
  12. Shattering a Fantasy Pt. 1

 

About Model Citizen:

Model Citizen is an 18 piece band, helmed by songwriter, producer, and keys player, Mark Ciani. The core of the group - Ciani (songwriter, producer, keys), Matt Musty (drums), Alvaro Kapaz (guitar), Ryan Gleason (bass), and engineer and co-producer Fernando Lodeiro - have collaborated on two prior full-length albums under two different names: Stone Mountain Station's Electric Sile_ce and The Alternative Facts' Don't Worry, Babe. Joining the fold for this iteration of the band is Josh Logan, a former contestant on The Voice. Unfurling from this core group, band names and members refashion themselves with each project, assuring idiosyncrasy as the backbone of each musical encounter. Their upcoming album, The Next Life is, what Ciani considers, his ultimate break-up album while also commenting on troubles with society and mental health. The Next Life is out for release in July 2019.

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