Port Cities join together the Cape Breton songwriting trio of Carleton Stone, Breagh MacKinnon and Dylan Guthro, and the band are readying their self-titled debut album for release next week. Ahead of its arrival, though, Exclaim! is giving you an exclusive first listen to the record in its entirety.
As previously reported, the group teamed with mentor, friend and producer Gordie Sampson to achieve a “spirited and contemporary” sound across the 12 new tracks. And while it pushes fierce guitars, swelling synths and infectious beats to the forefront, the album never loses its focus on songcraft and its undercurrent of folk tradition.
From the bright upbeat opening cut “Back to the Bottom,” through more acoustically-driven numbers like “Sound of Your Voice” and “On the Nights You Stay Home,” and finally on to the contemplative, sparse instrumentation on closing track “Astronaut,” you can hear the whole album right now. Just hit play below.
Port Cities is officially out on February 10. The band have a long series of dates coming up in support of the new record, and you can see all those here.