20 January 2012 - 3 August 2012
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The City Harmonic
When listening to The City Harmonic, you instinctively turn up the volume and join the chorus as the music dynamically bounces from sparse intimacy to soaring celebration and back again. It's a musical metaphor for the band that plays it with their feet in the dirt and their eyes toward the heavens.' It isn't long before you find yourself singing along and not because you ought to, but because you want to. Like a spontaneous outbreak of Hey Jude around the campfire, you want in on the moment. And getting people in on the act hearts pounding and feet moving is at the core of what The City Harmonic is about.
Following the release of its acclaimed ‘Introducing’ EP, The City Harmonic returns with its first full-length album, ‘I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)’, released worldwide on the 17th October. In less than a year, The City Harmonic went from being virtually unknown to international acclaim with its debut EP that sparked the unifying hit single and video, ‘Manifesto’, which has respectively sold over 80,000 copies and been viewed on YouTube by over 900,000 people. The success has energized the band’s engaging live performances throughout North America while simultaneously gathering thousands of ‘likes’ on Facebook and online endorsements from people like Mac Powell (Third Day), Peter Furler, Matt Redman, Kyle Korver (Chicago Bulls), Seth Smith (Colorado Rockies) and numerous others.
The City Harmonic, consisting of front man Elias Dummer, bassist Eric Fusilier, guitarist Aaron Powell and drummer Josh Vanderlaan, wrote and recorded all of the songs for ‘I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)’, which was co-produced by the band and Jared Fox. From the ‘now but not yet’ tension of earthly Christian living heard in much of the album, including the title track and ‘Mountaintop’, to having hope in the midst of struggle in ‘Fell Apart’ and ‘Be Still O My Soul’, to dealing with apathy in ‘Yours’ and ‘Wake Me Up’ and living missionally in ‘Spark’ and ‘Benediction’, the songs take the listener on a poetic journey.
A little over halfway into that journey, track seven’s title song marks a high point that is already being recognized nationally. The song becomes the first radio single and video from the album, and follows the band’s across-the board breakout hit, ‘Manifesto’, which became one of the most played songs on the Billboard National Audience chart and the only song from a new artist this year that has broken into the top 10 of the SoundScan Top Current digital singles sales chart in the US.
“Martin Luther King spoke of an America where people could be equal, he called people to see that there could be a better way,” muses The City Harmonic frontman Elias Dummer as he talks about the inspiration for the single. “In Revelation 21, God shows John the eventual city of God, the New Jerusalem God creates on earth to bring together Creator and created – a place where things are finally made right and we will no longer need to long for more. The human life is lived in between, and we despair to ‘feel at home.’ This song serves to put us in the mindset of what will be.”
“Interestingly, we had a woman approach us at a concert not long ago in tears because this song inspired her while dealing with the loss of a close friend,” adds Dummer. “The song might be about the ‘not yet,’ but it also helped someone to deal with the ‘now.’”
With the band’s name partly derived from the sense that in communal worship we catch a fleeting glimpse of the world that we pine for, ‘I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)’ is an organic offering by the band of this hopeful, nostalgic idea.