“The Park” by psych-pop band Secret Cities is actually yesterday’s listen; I didn’t have time to write about it last night because I was too busy at Troika, Erie, PA’s annual Russian cultural festival. They have an ice bar! Secret Cities’ 2011 album Strange Hearts (Western Vinyl) was one of the CDs I picked up on a whim at the late Juke Records in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood. As usual, I was intrigued by the colorful album art, but ended up really enjoying its sunny melodies, which are nicely muddied by lo-fi recording techniques (some tracks were laid down in the basement of an abandoned bank.) “The Park” has an instrumental that bears a faint resemblance to the Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” accompanied by a beautiful melody from sometimes-singer and founding member MJ Parker. The whole album has a warm, upbeat feel, and I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind unintelligible vocals.
More from Secret Cities: https://secretcitiesmusic.com/