Citay began as Ezra Feinberg's songwriting project and, with the help of Tim Green (The Fucking Champs), turned into a recording project. Now, two albums in, Citay has evolved into a fantastic full-fledged band and a favorite on the (((folkYEAH))) circuit. They'll play Tempest on Saturday (8pm) with fellow locals The Dry Spells and experimental group tUnE-YaRdS.
Working within a creative structure that Feinberg calls a "friendly dictatorship," Citay's lilting, repetitious melodies and folksy, soft vocals make the music dreamy and a little dramatic. It's great listening for any weather San Francisco has to throw at us. If you're wondering how they got their name, Feinberg told me in an interview once that it is named after a mix tape he made of songs where the lead singers pronounce "city" as "sit-ayyyyyy."
Check out Citay's video for "Eye on the Dollar" to get a little taste of their sound.