20 Nov 2011
Citay - Obscure Classics
Great albums you might have missed.
Citay - Citay ( 2006 )
Citay is Ezra Feinberg (Piano Magic) and Tim Green (The Fucking Champs) and state their influences as the acoustic sides of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and early Heart. To me the Zeppelin influence is most obvious ( think Gallows Pole's 12 string acoustics, or Battle of Evermore's mandolin work ). Backwards guitars, mellotrons, flutes, and layers of wordless vocals lend the precedings a hazy psychedelic air, and the occasional crazed outburst of Kirk Hammet-esque twin harmonised guitars keep things sounding contemporary.
On first listen these disparate strands seem to be at odds with each other, but after a few listens everything gels and makes a pretty unique and satisfying whole.
Highlights for me are Nice Cuffs which coasts along on a great tribal native american groove with some intricate mandolin work, before breaking into a joyous twin guitar duel, Shalom of Safed which sounds like it could come from Page & Plant's Unledded and Vinter which sounds like an unofficial sequel to Metallica's Fade To Black.
Recommended for fans of Led Zeppelin 3, Black Sabbath Volume 4 & Pink Floyd Meddle.
Check out Vinter here:
and a live in studio version of Nice Cuffs here:
Citay - Nice Cuffs - Luxury Wafers Sessions from Luxury Wafers on Vimeo.