City Center was born in the headphone space of a Brooklyn bedroom. Shelved between boredom, loneliness, and every available corner of the audible spectrum, Fred Thomas and Ryan Howard make music that is both playful and shy -- that teen Halloween feeling. Now rooted in Michigan, City Center continues to unravel their ever-expanding landscape of warmly washed-out psychedelia -- creating a blurry canvas of images: an endless sun, a lavish diamond tattoo across the chest, and a pile of orca bones on the beach.
While touring across the country, Fred and Ryan stopped for a few days in Olympia, Washington to groove-out a solid-action 7-inch for (who also put out Fred's album Fill Up The Room [KLP182]). "Zen Kids" [DBN117] splinters guitars and chillingly desolate drones until it forms as a soft summery pop song. As with all singles in the Dub Narcotic Disco Plate series, just ip the record and Selector Dub Narcotic scrambles and reforms it, "Version" style.
City Center, Redeemer [KLP231]