Under the Cold Light of the Moon (album)

by Crystal Cities

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From a Sydney garage to Abbey Road Studios in London, Australian dream rock band, Crystal Cities, have come a long way in just over 2 years. 

In March of 2017 Crystal Cities released their critically acclaimed Debut EP, Who’s Gonna Save Us Now, receiving widespread attention across the globe from tastemakers like Indie Obsessive, The Revue, and EarToTheGround Music. The title track and lead single, ‘Who’s Gonna Save Us Now’ received over 2200 plays on their Triple j Unearthed page and reached number 1 on the Unearthed Overall Charts within a few days of its release. The EP also made waves on US College radio; it was the 19th most added new release on the NACC Radio 200 Chart and received airplay on coveted radio station, KEXP. All this was achieved despite the EP being recorded in the modest environment of their mate’s garage in Sydney!

Fast forward 2 years and the band have completed their debut album, Under the Cold Light of the Moon, and inked a publishing deal with global sync and licensing agency Audio Network. Through this partnership they were allowed the opportunity to record at the prestige’s Abbey Road Studios in London, capturing the sounds of a string orchestra made up of London’s finest musicians. The exquisite lushness of the orchestra can be heard on their record’s title track and lead single, ‘Under the Cold Light of the Moon’.

"The song ‘Under the Cold Light of the Moon’ was inspired by the plight of young North Korean girl Park Yeon-mi who escaped North Korea in search of freedom. After watching her speech I penned the lyrics, interpreting her story.”
- Geoff Rana (vocals / guitar)

The album required a deft hand to weave the tapestry of loud distorted guitars and rich textural strings. Knowing the difficult task ahead of them, the band recruited world-renowned LA-based engineer Paul Lani (David Bowie, Prince, Megadeath) to mix the record. Together they sculpted a captivating reverb-drenched yet hard-hitting debut record that is impactful from the very first listen.

“Our debut album, “Under the Cold Light of the Moon”, has been a process of defining our sound. We spent a lot of time in the studio for this record; exploring different sounds and tone colours before arriving on a consistent and identifiable sonic texture. 
The journey of making this album spans the globe, from the initial tracking in Sydney, to recording strings at the legendary studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London, and then to Los Angeles to mix the album with legendary mix engineer Paul Lani.
I feel like Crystal Cities has found it’s home with this body of work. I can’t wait to complete the journey by finally having the songs out in the world and having people engage with them.”
- Geoff Rana (vocals / guitar)

With a new cinematic sound and grandiose aesthetic, the band are more equipped than ever to make their mark on the global music landscape.

Crystal Cities are:

Geoff Rana - Vocals / Guitar
Jared King - Bass / Vocals
Daniel Conte - Drums / Percussion

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released July 7, 2019

Written by Geoff Rana Performed by Crystal Cities
Vocals, Guitars and Keyboards: Geoff Rana Bass and Backing Vocals: Jared King Drums and Percussion: Dan Conte
Produced by Adam Alexander
Recorded at Bamm Bamm Wolfgang, Sydney
Engineers: Adam Alexander & John Romeo, assisted by Tayla Gibbs
Strings Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
Engineer: Lewis Jones
Strings Arranged by Mark Buys, Geoff Rana, John Romeo and Adam Alexander
Violins: Everton Nelson, Emlyn Singleton, Richard George, Rick Koster, Simon Baggs, Perry Montague-Mason, Patrick Kiernan, Mark Berrow Steve Morris, Freddy August, Cathy Thompson, Boguslaw Kostecki Violas: Bruce White, Max Baillie, Andy Parker, Fiona Bonds
Cellos: Ian Burdge, Chris Worsey Double Bass: Mary Scully
Additional Keyboards and Programming: Adam Alexander
Backing Vocals on Carve Our Name Into the Sun: Geoff Rana, Jared King, John Vella and Adam Alexander
Mixed by Paul Lani in Los Angeles
Mastered by Paul Stefanidis, at Viking Lounge Sydney


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From a Sydney garage to Abbey Road Studios in London, Australian dream rock band, Crystal Cities, have come a long way in just over 2 years.

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