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City Sounds Volume 2 was a limited-edition digital album, available as a gift-with-purchase only in Banana Republic stores during a short period starting May 13, 2009.

Liz Phair contributed a previously-unreleased track titled “Faith & Tenderness,” which was an outtake from her sixth album, Funstyle.

Banana Republic: City Sounds Volume 2

City Sounds: Volume 2 (2009)

Released: May 13, 2009
Label: ?
Format: Digital
Country: US
Availability: Rare

“Faith & Tenderness” written by Liz Phair

01.OK GoSkyscrapers
02. Liz PhairFaith & Tenderness
03.Sara BareillesCity (acoustic)
04.Dashboard ConfessionalRooftops and Invitations (live)
05.AyoNow I Feel Better
06.Tommy TorresSan Juan
07.David GarrettNew Day
08.Esperanza SpaldingCity of Roses
09.David SanchezCity Sunrise

Press Release

This summer Banana Republic celebrates the inspiration of urban life with the release of City Sounds, a new digital album featuring never-before-heard tracks from the nine music artists appearing in the City Stories national ad campaign, including exclusive first tracks from OK Go and Liz Phair’s highly-anticipated new albums, as well as songs by Sara Bareilles, Ayo, Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba, Tommy Torres and more.

The limited-edition digital album, available as a gift-with-purchase only in Banana Republic stores starting May 13, reflects the diversity of these artists, ranging from acoustic soul to introspective pop, modern jazz to indie rock.

Paris-based R&B songstress Ayo sings of her travels through European metropolises, while Sara Bareilles and Dashboard Confessional search for love amid the bars and streets of their adopted cities. Both acclaimed violinist David Garrett and Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sánchez find solace at dawn in the canyons of Manhattan, and Latin pop star Tommy Torres and emerging jazz bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding celebrate their beloved hometowns (San Juan and Portland, respectively) across the continent from each other. Among the tantalizing selections are brand new songs from Liz Phair and OK Go’s highly anticipated new albums due later in 2009, only available to customers who make a purchase in Banana Republic stores during the campaign.

  1. OK Go – Skyscrapers
    This stylish Chicago pop/rock band pay homage to city skylines with this soulful new track, which will next appear on their new album out later this summer.
  2. Liz Phair – Faith & Tenderness
    The alt-rock icon returns! This heartfelt and intimate love song is an exclusive sneak preview into Liz Phair’s first independent release since 1994’s Whip-Smart.
  3. Sara Bareilles – City (Acoustic)
    A powerful unreleased solo acoustic version of Bareilles’ song of loneliness and love in Los Angeles. The original version appears on the top 10 hit album Little Voice.
  4. Dashboard Confessional – Rooftops and Invitations (Live)
    Never-before-heard live acoustic version of Chris Carrabba’s romantic tale of falling in love among the rooftops, bars and streets of the city.
  5. Ayo – Now I Feel Better
    Previously unreleased reggae-inflected acoustic soul track chronicles Ayo’s life and musical journey through Hamburg, London and Paris.
  6. Tommy Torres – San Juan
    Latin Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/musician sings about his glorious hometown, the capital of Puerto Rico.
  7. David Garrett – New Day
    Inspired by the sun rising over the man-made canyons of Manhattan, this is the North American debut of this track from German violinist David Garrett.
  8. Esperanza Spalding – City Of Roses
    This musical dedication to jazz bassist and vocalist’s native city of Portland was written and recorded exclusively for the ’City Stories’ campaign.
  9. David Sanchez – City Sunrise
    Grammy-winning saxophonist evokes the grooving modern jazz of ’60s Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis in this exclusive ’City Stories’ original composition.
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