Brooklyn-based band Model Citizen counts 18 musicians within its orbit, resulting in a sprawling and complex sound that draws from countless influences and experiences. Led by main songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Ciani, the band revels in the unexpected exploration of various genres, finding nuance and creative expression in a wide range of aesthetics. With each new release, Ciani approaches his work as he would the task of curating a great mixtape, helping to craft each song as its own emotional waypoint within a larger rhythmic landscape.
Alongside Ciani, the core of Model Citizen revolves around the communal talents of drummer Matt Musty, guitarist Alvaro Kapaz, bassist Ryan Gleason and engineer/co-producer Fernando Lodeiro. They’ve all worked together previously under different band names, and this familiarity has allowed them to easily mesh their individual inspirations into a coherent musical whole. With the band’s upcoming album, “The Next Life” (which is due out July 12), they’ve further refined their ability to dismantle borders between genres and establish a series of complicated movements that provide a glimpse into the band’s inner workings. For this release, they’ve brought on singer Josh Logan, a former contestant on “The Voice,” to add his own unique theatrics to this musical polymer.
On recent single, “The Other Shoe,” they dig into the detailed desperation of a failing relationship, with the narrator in the song being fully aware of their own prominent culpability for this emotional dissolution. The song is quite beautiful, filled with lilting piano lines, strings and warped organ wobbles. But these gorgeous sounds underscore the darkness dwelling inside this story, giving the surrounding space somewhat of a false security. It’s an honest reflection of consequence and detachment and how we often unintentionally sabotage the things which we care most about.