Citizen Of The World’s latest single Free To Go marks a definitive chapter in the band’s unfolding story. Building upon their more folk-based background, the Sydney five-piece are now producing sonically huge modern indie, captured perfectly in each heartfelt note of Free To Go.
We caught up with Citizen of the World to find out their Top Five reasons why music means the world to them.
Music is discovery: I vividly remember walking through London for the very first time while listening to London Calling by The Clash on repeat. Nothing makes you bond with a new place like giving it a soundtrack, and if the song title contains the name of the place, that’s even better.
1. Music is discovery: I vividly remember walking through London for the very first time while listening to London Calling by The Clash on repeat. Nothing makes you bond with a new place like giving it a soundtrack, and if the song title contains the name of the place, that’s even better.
2. Music is learning: From the day one of my best friends sent me a link to Mumford & Sons’ Little Lion Man, I played the song on repeat for 2 weeks straight. Marcus has a way of writing melodies over simple chords that convey emotion without ever falling into the cheese trap. I’ve taken inspiration from that and would have never written my first songs without it. By listening to others, you learn about yourself.
3. Music is healing: When I was studying in Canada I went through a bit of a rough patch. One night when I couldn’t fall asleep I listened to the solo album of Peter Fox (a German Hip Hop artist from Berlin) for the first time. I had the most intense physical reaction to music that I’ve ever experienced. I had hot and cold shivers throughout the album, and once it finished, I felt cleansed and happy. This album has never since day one failed to give me energy when I needed it.
4. Music is celebrating: We played a gig in Pune, India, in front of a crowd that didn’t know any of our songs, but immediately bonded with us. We ended up partying with them all night after the show and felt like we had known all these people forever.
5. Music is silence: When I was a teenager living in Switzerland, I used to compete in classical saxophone at national level. I remember an absolutely magical moment in Zürich when the silence of the audience of the concert hall I played in was broken by the first breath I took to start the piece. Silence is as much a part of music as is sound!
Take a listen to the new single – Free to go