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City Dwelling Nature Seeker: The Winter Year

Last Updated 10/30/2012 2:08:38 PM

By: John Castino

City Dwelling Nature Seeker The Winter Year (Self-Released)City Dwelling Nature Seeker

The Winter Year


City Dwelling Nature Seeker’s latest album The Winter Year highlights this notion in all its paradoxical glory.  Its introspective sentiment is delivered with a deceptively sophisticated simplicity.

The third outing from Pittsburgh’s City Dwelling Nature Seekers finds this six-piece alt country wonder in ever-evolving perpetual bliss.  Although the band’s bio touts their “unique blend of country, bluegrass, indie-rock, and psychedelia,” City Dwelling Nature Seekers are not another formulaic Americana derivative.  Sure, you’ll feel a few musical tips-of-the-hat to Neil Young, Jeff Tweedy, and Ryan Adams throughout The Winter Year, but only defined by the genre from which these songs resonate.  Clearly, this is a collection of songs that reflects a band’s unique vision, steeped in an ironic realism.

Hauntingly familiar, yet excitedly fresh, The Winter Year charts newfound territory without jeopardizing melodic accessibility.  City Dwelling Nature Seekers have honed their musical craftsmanship to produce lush arrangements while maintaining an infectiously intimate atmosphere.  This is well-balanced sublimation at its finest.

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