Released as a taster for their upcoming debut album, due early next year, The Diving Bell EP suggests that City of Glass have a treat in store. The Canadian duo wears their influences on their sleeves, with Foals-esque guitar lines and the deliberate pacing of later day efforts from The Cure.
Opening track Sticks and Stones is as good an introduction to the band as any, perfectly encapsulating their sound. It has a mesmerising pulse to it, which does its best to lodge inside your head not with blunt force but with hypnotic catchiness.
If thereâ€™s one criticism that can be aimed at them, itâ€™s that things can sometimes feel a little samey. Itâ€™s forgivable over a full length, but a fault that sticks out like a sore thumb on an EP. Second track Tourist kicks off with a guitar line suspiciously similar to the opening track, shake off the feeling of dÃ©jÃ vu though and itâ€™s another solid track.
After a pair of decent EPs, itâ€™ll be exciting to see what City of Glass can do with their debut album. The promise of something impressive is definitely there, so long as theyâ€™re able to mix up the tracks enough to keep the record interesting over the course of its running time. For the time being though, this delicate and beautiful sounding EP will do just fine.