By: Anand Harsh
CITIZUN is what happens when three technically proficient instrumentlists with unshakable pop sensibilities fall in love with electronic music.
The three-piece EDM trio based in Los Angeles, CA features Griffin Bastian and Jesse Clayton, formerly of midwest jam legends The Macpodz, as well as Griffin's brother Spencer Bastian, a writer/producer with credits alongside Jason Derulo, B.o.B., and Selena Gomez to name a few. Years on the road as touring musicians has given this fearsome threesome the chops to bring complex electronic music to life on stage. The jammy roots have led to collaborations with Joel Cummins of Umphrey's McGee, as well as Marcus Rezak of Digital Tape Machine, but straying towards the pop side of the spectrum brings CITIZUN back together with a recent collaborator.
"Echo" featuring the silky vocals of LA's Crystal Sister is a wildly innovative pop tune that combines elements of future, house, trap, and breakbeats in this gorgeous stew of reverb-soaked melodies. The tempo bounces around almost as much as the emotional timbre of the tune, vacillating wildly between nostalgic melancholy and overwhelming exuberance.
In just over a year as a band, the guys have already amassed tour history with EOTO, Kill The Noise, and Two Fresh, and have assembled quite a team behind them. Writer Jason Evigan (David Guetta, Madonna) has helped craft the trio's sound, and the band recently signed to Bass Camp Management Group, a brand new music industry firm helmed by Bass Camp Festival's Paul Reder.
An all-original EP of new releases is on its way from CITIZUN, and the guys are slated to play the Spring Breaks event at Cargo in in downtown Reno, NV on April 18th, as well as join the old gang at Summer Camp in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day Weekend. Of course, you can catch them at Bass Camp Festival in Lake Tahoe, CA in July--those dates will be announced soon!
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