A City On A Lake is the self-titled solo debut and latest creative project from talented Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Alex Wong. After years of working closely with the likes of Vienna Teng, Amber Rubarth, Elizabeth and the Catapult and Ari Hest, Wong decided the time was at hand to step out on his own. "It was a unique challenge for me as I was trying to fill the roles of both solo artist and producer," he observes, "roles I knew individually but had never attempted together." The new project due July 17 brings to the forefront the wide-screen elements that have been synonymous with Wong's prior collaborative efforts -- intricate, classically-inspired arrangements, sophisticated chamber pop melodies and percussive underpinnings and magnificent choral harmonies that sound delivered from the heavens by the godchild of Brian Wilson and Paul Simon. Lead track "Oceanside" is a stunner that manages to impart complex passages with graceful simplicity, Wong and Ximena Sariñana wrapping their voices together in a gorgeous embrace while the delicate instrumental backing delivers both heat and light with a warm incandescent glow.
A City On A Lake - "Oceanside" (from the S/T debut)