U.S. Label, City Canyons Records, Goes Down Under

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Albums from City Canyons Records are now distributed around the world.

City Canyons' artists Jen Elliott and Bluestruck, Peter Ulrich (former percussionist of the legendary Dead Can Dance) and Valerian are now being distributed in Australia and New Zealand through an exclusive distribution deal with Indie-CDs.com. Under the arrangement, Indie-CDs.com is providing both online and "brick and mortar" distribution.

"New York label City Canyons is a relatively new kid on the block," said Malcom Fielding of Indie-CDs.com. "But while it may be small, it has high quality titles. We're really happy that City Canyons has given us Australia/New Zealand distribution for its releases." Fielding also pointed to the "very tight and rocky album of blues based pop ballads" in Elliott's "The Secret's Out," the delightful "hard, punchy rock with lyrics with meaning" of Valerian's "Intimations Of Sorrow" and the mystical journey "that will surprise and please darkwave fans" in Ulrich's "Enter the Mysterium."

Manhattan-based City Canyons Records released its first album, Elliott's "The Secret's Out," in November 2003, followed by UK rocker David Steele's "Underneath the Ice" and Finnish band Valerian's "Intimations Of Sorrow" a year later.

Since then, the fast-growing indie has expanded its reach across the globe. Through a recent licensing agreement with Music&Words, a record label based in the Netherlands, City Canyons' latest release, Peter Ulrich's "Enter the Mysterium," is being distributed throughout Europe.

City Canyons Records is also celebrating its first sale of records into Hong Kong and mainland China through Monitor Records, based in Hong Kong. Publishing deals are in place in the Netherlands with negotiations for German, Austrian, Swiss and Asian publishing rights currently underway. Negotiation are also underway in the UK for distribution there of City Canyons' recently signed act, ANEMO, an alternative English rock band. City Canyons is also aggressively pursuing licensing and distribution deals in South America.

North American distribution into record stores is handled by Avalon Distribution in Orlando, Florida. By special arrangement, the celebrated darkwave label Project Records is carrying "Enter the Mysterium" in its online catalogue in the United States.

Recent signings by City Canyons Records, in addition to ANEMO, include Manhattan sensation Timothy Dark, the Dark Warrior of Hip-Hop. Upcoming releases include a new album by Elliott as well as an album by New York pop-rocker and songwriter extraordinaire, Sara Wendt.

City Canyons artists Jen Elliott, Valerian, Timothy Dark, Sara Wendt, ANEMO and David Steele are presently available for touring in the U.S. or internationally, as single acts or in special packages, beginning in the late summer and early fall of 2005. For more information on these artists visit the City Canyons website.

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