6 Songs, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from Toronto, the indie pop quintet Cairo specializes in the sort of heart-melting songs that would fit comfortably on a mix between Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. The moderately upbeat “Selfish” opens Cairo's 2012 Young Love EP; Nate Daniels’ wafting voice makes it sound like he's Feist’s fraternal twin brother. He pipes through what sounds like a lo-fi bullet microphone before singing tightly braided harmonies in the following “All These Colours,” an impassioned piece with soaring melodies. These are backed by contrasting textures of electric guitar distortion and sweeping cello/violin lines. Fans of Foals will find a warm familiarity in the hushed “Addict,” which also sounds a lot like The Dream Academy’s cover of The Smiths' “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” (heard in the moving museum scene of Ferris Bueller's Day Off). The more alluring “Vampyre” plays with a gorgeous darkness that would be suitable for the kind of people who find romance in taking dates on cemetery walks or bicycle rides through a forest at night. “Halfway There” closes with spare beauty.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from Toronto, the indie pop quintet Cairo specializes in the sort of heart-melting songs that would fit comfortably on a mix between Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. The moderately upbeat “Selfish” opens Cairo's 2012 Young Love EP; Nate Daniels’ wafting voice makes it sound like he's Feist’s fraternal twin brother. He pipes through what sounds like a lo-fi bullet microphone before singing tightly braided harmonies in the following “All These Colours,” an impassioned piece with soaring melodies. These are backed by contrasting textures of electric guitar distortion and sweeping cello/violin lines. Fans of Foals will find a warm familiarity in the hushed “Addict,” which also sounds a lot like The Dream Academy’s cover of The Smiths' “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” (heard in the moving museum scene of Ferris Bueller's Day Off). The more alluring “Vampyre” plays with a gorgeous darkness that would be suitable for the kind of people who find romance in taking dates on cemetery walks or bicycle rides through a forest at night. “Halfway There” closes with spare beauty.

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About CAIRO

Cairo was formed in San Francisco, CA, in the early '90s by Mark Robertson (keyboards, vocals), Alec Fuhrman (guitars, vocals), Jeff Brockman (drums, percussion), Rob Fordyce (bass), and Bret Douglas (lead vocals). The group self-produced their eponymous debut at their home studio, releasing it in 1994 on the Magna Carta label. The album showed a heavy ELP-influenced keyboard sound and high-pitched vocals that bore similarities to Yes's frontman, Jon Anderson. The band spent two years working on their sophomore effort, Conflict and Dreams, during which time Fordyce left the group. The band decided not to replace him, but worked with bassist Jamie Browne in recording the album, which was released in 1998. Although the sound of the record was not vastly different than their debut, it did show an increased complexity in sound and production. In 2000, Fuhrman left the band, but the band played on and issued Time of Legends in June 2001. Cairo has also performed material on various Magna Carta prog rock tribute albums. ~ Geoff Orens

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