Citizen – Life In Your Glass World

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Life In Your Glass World - Run For Cover Records

Southern Michigan / Northwest Ohio post-punk act Citizen has slowly become one of the most interesting purveyors of the post-punk in the genre.  Their previous album, As You Please, pivoted from exploring Brand New and Manchester Orchestra, and infused elements of emo and alt/indie into the mix.  Their latest full length, Life In Your Glass World, takes all of the above and fuses them with the confidence of a veteran band seeking an invigorating next chapter.

Kicking off with “Death Dance Approximately,” Life In Your Glass World lays down the right combination of catchy and contemplative.  The track boasts a toe-tapping, singable chorus under the rumbling quake of a commanding bass groove and crunching, fuzzed out riffs.  As the song progresses, an overpowering sense of rhythm floods the track like a dam bursting through a simple tributary and into an unexpecting landscape.  “I Want to Kill You” follows by keeping listeners quick on their pulse, even bringing to mind the most infectious singles from bands like The Killers and Remo Drive.  Just when it feels like the album has defined itself, a track later “Blue Sunday” tones down the tempo.  The band leans into their relaxed feeling post-punk personae while maintaining a clear sense of flow without sacrificing the aforementioned rhythm. “Thin Air” keeps Citizen’s foot off the pedal, infusing instances of acoustic notes and a breezy underlying atmosphere.  That the band can turn on a dime with such effect is telling as to the fluidity of their substance and well established talent.

Life In Your Glass World fluctuates between this basic dichotomy yet never gives up delivering a catchy sense of continuity.  “Pedestal,” “Black and Red” and “Call your Bluff” are intuitive earworms while “Glass World” and “Winter Buds” each scale down to their post-punk foundations.  During these moments Citizen maintains a certain level of inspiration from Manchester Orchestra and other like minded bands.  Where Citizen infuses something completely different is “Fight Beat,” which explores some experimental house-beats that take the album on an album EDM detour.  It’s initially jarring, but if AFI can do it with Blaqk Audio, then Citizen makes it seem less far-fetched.  The beats pulse and fuse into the fabric of Life In Your Glass World with instinctive alignment.  As Citizen makes clear with each new release, there’s a lot of potential to explore and unlock for those willing to break from the mold.

Life In Your Glass World is a natural next step for a band that likes to keep their audience guessing.  Their newfound focus on rhythm makes for one of the more melodic additions to the post-punk genre and should excite fans and newcomers alike.  Citizen may be somewhat of a wildcard among their peers, but that’s exactly what we’ve all come to love about them.