Citizen is set to release As You Please via Run For Cover Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia on October 6th. You can check out the Christopher Good-directed video for lead single, Jet which premiered on Stereogum.
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Watch the video for Jet here:
"We were in discussion with Christopher Good about several topics that the album touches on." says Citizen guitarist, Nick Hamm, adding, "We wanted him to do something loose and largely visual. So he suggested doing this family portrait, so to speak. The way he portrayed an imploding family is very interesting to me. I think he's one of the best doing music videos, currently."
For their third album As You Please, Citizen is looking inward. Pairing up again with longtime producer Will Yip, the band presents twelve songs that fuse aspects of their entire catalog into one neoteric whole. While the cathartic melancholy of their debut Youth and the jarring intensity of 2015's Everybody is Going to Heaven are both present, the most welcome addition to Citizen's arsenal on As You Please is the range of auxiliary instrumentation and sonic experimentation on the album. This is most notable on In the Middle of it All, where vocalist Mat Kerekes is sampled singing the song title in a modulated, haunting chorus that echoes throughout the song. The addition of organs and unconventional drum effects on songs like You Are A Star and Medicine create shifting emphases on tension and frailty, while the huge choruses of songs like opener Jet and I Forgive No One are reminders that while Citizen dove headfirst into uncharted territory with their new album, the band is still as good as ever at writing emotionally-charged anthems. As You Please presents Citizen's vision at the most focused it has ever been - it is delicately crafted to provoke at every moment.
Praise for Citizen
"The band has just shared the sleek, crunchy opening track "Jet," which reminds me a bit of the moment that Jawbreaker signed to a major label to release their final album Dear You." - Stereogum
"The band has moved from a group of late-teenagers to young adults, with the writing chops and musicianship to match. Tracks like "Cement" carry a new texture and weight that's a result of pushing their writing abilities to the limits." - Noisey
"Folding in overcast guitar lines and largely taming their vocals to more breathy coos pushes them just a little closer to the downtrodden realms of more wiry shoegaze, not unlike similarly punk-rooted revivalists like Nothing and Title Fight." - SPIN
"Their 2015 album, Everybody Is Going to Heaven, expanded their reach with a newly refined sound, catching the attention of some, the criticism of others. But divergent opinions notwithstanding, they've reached a level they've been climbing towards for the past several years." - CLRVYNT
"With Everybody is Going to Heaven, Citizen have forged a visceral, stunningly nuanced work that is nothing short of immaculate." - Exclaim