Introducing the City Harmonic is the debut EP of the Canadian group, The City Harmonic.

Stylistically, the band is somewhere between The Fray, with more edge, and 30 Seconds to Mars, with less edge.  The most comparable sounding band I know is Crash Kings (if that helps).

The band’s sound has some really attractive features.  TCH has a generally pop-rock sound.  On several tracks, most notably “Manifesto,” the band integrates a bright-toned upright piano.  The production also features some creative choral work: some of the background vocals have an impromptu flash-mob feel to them.  Others are hauntingly beautiful arrangements, like the female chorus at the 2:30 mark on “What I Want.”

Lyrically, TCH shows much promise.  “Manifesto,” which I hope you’ve heard on your local CCM radio station, is doctrinally rich and credal.  Here’s a sampling from the second verse:

We are free, He died and lives again
We will be a people freed from  sin
We’ll be free, a Kingdom with  no end

The writing  on “I Am” is replete with biblical imagery.  TCH describes us apart from Christ as “a man who built his house upon the sand,” “a thief upon the cross,” and “Judas, that sorry fool.”  But after trusting in Christ and his work on the cross, we are “bought by love,” and we are like the man who sells all he has to gain the pearl of great price (cf. Matthew 13:45-46). 

Introducing the City Harmonic is a promising debut.  TCH has given much attention to the details of the production of its EP.  Little artistic nuances–like the upright piano (rather than  a grand) and the flash mob choruses–make TCH unique in CCM. 

I recommend giving Introducing the City Harmonic a try.  (In fact, in a couple of days, I’ll have details on how you can win a free copy of the EP through The Persistence of Song.)  I’m hoping this EP is the start of something special for The City Harmonic.