As a founding member and lead vocalist of the Winnipeg based band Imaginary Cities, Marti Sarbit has built a strong following around the world. Imaginary Cities was widely respected for their work ethic, having toured internationally multiple times including having opened for The Pixies (across North America) Stars, The Weakerthans, The Arkells and The Head and The Heart. Other highlights include winning the Western Canadian Music Award for Pop Album of the Year (2011), being long listed for the Polaris Prize (2011), as well as a very solid track record at commercial radio, especially in Canada. With the band now on hiatus, the attention will turn to singer Marti Sarbit’s new solo project, Lanikai.
Lanikai, like the Hawaiian beach they get their name from, mix the serene and the stormy, pulling together lush, sparkling alt-pop vibes and swaggering ‘60s soul groove to create a timeless, distinctive sound. With one foot in the past and one in the present - one on the shore and one in the sea - Lanikai's debut sets them apart from their contemporaries. Instead of breaking under current trends, they bend with them. Instead of being haunted by influences that came before, they celebrate them with subtlety. Their first self-titled offering distills this approach to its finest form: gorgeous, poignant pop music.
Here we offer you two Lanikai songs that are only available on the 10” being released on November 18th of this year, along with four Imaginary Cities songs being offered as a ‘thank you’ to fans and friends as they embark on new projects.
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