Exclusive Single Premiere: Crystal Cities “Under the Cold Light of the Moon” (2019)

Two years on from the release of their critically acclaimed first EP, Who’s Gonna Save Us Now, Sydney dream rockers Crystal Cities are back with a new single, “Under the Cold Light of the Moon”, the lead single and title track off their forthcoming debut album. Today, we’re stoked to bring you an exclusive first listen of the single, ahead of its official release tomorrow.

“Under the Cold Light of the Moon” sees the band trade in their Sydney garage studio for London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios. The opportunity came following the signing of a  recording and publishing deal with Audio Network, part of the eOne group. With those illustrious surrounds also came the sounds of a string orchestra made up of some of London’s finest musicians, which can be heard throughout this new single. 

According to guitarist and vocalist Geoff Rana, the song was “inspired by the plight of young North Korean girl Yeonmi Park who escaped North Korea in search of freedom. After watching her speech I penned the lyrics, interpreting her story. 

Beyond the single’s lyrics and message, it’s something of an exquisite listen, with the lush orchestral flourishes and expressive guitar work combining well. For me, the instrumentation and Rana’s semi-sedate vocals brought to mind the work of The Church (but maybe that’s just me), and more recently the likes of The War on Drugs. Certainly, it’s got me excited and keen to hear the rest of the album, so as a lead single I’d have to say it’s done its job. 

“Under The Cold Light Of The Moon” will officially be released tomorrow, Friday 17th May. The band have a couple of shows coming up at the end of the month (dates below), until then you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Upcoming Tour Dates

May 31st | The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle w/Guests TBC

June 1st | Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney(Single Launch) w/ Lincoln MacKinnon & the Wrecking Train, The Francos, and Ex-Cassette

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.