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City Dreams

by Daniel Graeber

A concept album about a young girl in the city, featuring several fantastic vocalists and one slam poet in a style described as "moody pop" and "poetic." Listen and uncover the story and persona of the "city girl!"
Genre: Pop: Pop Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. City Girl (feat. Julia Johanos)
6:01 album only
2. Downtown (feat. Tayler Bledsoe)
5:05 album only
3. Silent Hour (feat. Julia Johanos)
3:52 album only
4. Cathedral Bells (feat. Tayler Bledsoe)
4:12 album only
5. Childhood (feat. Julia Johanos)
3:49 album only
6. The Willow Tree Princess (feat. Kay Kron)
3:51 album only
7. The City In Me (feat. Julia Johanos)
5:17 album only
8. Lullaby (feat. Emily Luhrs)
4:08 album only
9. Friend In Need (feat. Emily Luhrs)
3:57 album only
10. City Dreams (feat. Avi Gottlieb)
4:46 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"City Dreams The Album" was inititally conceived as a musical take on a collection of prose poems published in 1860 by French poet Charles Baudelaire called "Paris Spleen." Each short essay -- written in prose, but with the spirit and feel of poetry -- imparted stories and impressions of the city and its dwellers. In the end, "Paris Spleen" served only as a point of departure (not a source of material) for the creation of a thematically-centered compilation of songs. "City Dreams The Album", based roughly around the persona of a young girl in the city, is a concept album, embracing a theme and a direction, but without a specific narrative.

Musically, I had initially planned to wed my fascination with "trip hop" -- inspired by the likes of Massive Attack, Portishead, Lamb, and others -- with jazz, especially with reference to Robert Glasper, whose compositions often conveyed to me the mood of a melancholy city-dweller. However, onto these styles I wanted to impart a strong lyrical vocal line and an accessible song-form. No surprise, then, that the style, in the end, veered more toward Pop, and in the two years of working on the album, I slowly discovered my pop soul. The original influences remain, though, especially in the album's detailed production, much of it programmed.

Both for variety and to emphasize that the project was a concept album -- not a narrative -- I brought several different vocalists to the project, many of whom I've worked with over the years. Julia Johanos sings on four key tracks; I had long hoped to utilize the darker, more mysterious sides of Julia's voice in a trip-hop environment. Tayler Denae provides a strong pop-flavor on "Cathedral Bells," and a dark, aching quality on "Downtown." Emily Luhrs sings on two of the sweeter, more delicate tracks, and Avi closes out the album by singing to the "city girl" (a perspective shift) in the most romantically-oriented track on the album. And mid-way trhough the album, Chicago slam-poet Kay Kron's poem "Willow Tree Princess" is set to music.

"City Dreams" gives rise to many unique interpretations about the identity and story of the "city girl." Listen and discover your own interpretation! Find more at www.CityDreamsTheAlbum.com And read the ongoing series about the making of "City Dreams" on my blog: http://blog.danmakesmusic.com



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Steven Govorchin

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts
The individual songs stand on their own as great pieces of music. The tunes are excellent and the production quality is magnificent. The style is a kind of deep, moody pop with influences going back to the 1940s right up to the present day. The CD has a consistent "Urban Theme" throughout. The artist beautifully escorts the listener's mood from beginning to end. In doing so, he has made the most significant themed album since "Dark Side of the Moon."

Lida Valencia

City Dreams CD ! Very , very nice singing
I heard this album and it sounds like it could be a movie track. I espaecially like "City Dreams", "Cathedral Bells and Silent Hour. I want to hear more from these artist and song writer! Keep up the good work

P. S. I bought a CD !