Imaginary Cities

Marti Sarbit has one of the most particular voices we‘ve ever heard. Therefore we figured that a session with her band Imaginary Cities wouldn‘t need a fancy location to turn into something exceptional. The buzzing streets of Berlin-Friedrichshain were the perfect fit for Imaginary Cities‘ unpretentious yet sweeping folk-pop. And Factory Girl, the charming coffeehouse where we sat down with Marti and multi-instrumentalist Rusty Matyas just added to the warmth of their songs.

Marti and Rusty met less than three years ago in their hometown Winnipeg, Canada. Rusty had been touring as live-guitarist with The Weakerthans for a couple of years, played in a band called The Waking Eyes and worked as audio engineer at The Cavern, a club in Winnipeg. One fateful night Marti‘s Motown cover band The Solutions played a gig at The Cavern – the rest is history. Their debut album, “Temporary Resident“, was released in early 2011 and presents soulful indie pop carried by Marti‘s distinctive vocals, point-blank lyrics and catchy melodies. A true modern classic!

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