In contrast to the country's well-known crop of multi-instrumental collectives like Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene, Dog Day's austerity stands in sharp relief. On "Rome," from its second full-length Concentration, the pillow-soft vocals of Nancy Urich and Seth Smith hover on the brink of twee as they sing of figurative flames like those that raced through Nero's ancient capital. But there's a gray sadness lurking underneath that keeps this song, and its neighbors on Concentration, from losing its footing.
Editor's note: song begins at 1:14.
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