At this point, nobody should be surprised that we occasionally write about our own projects here at Silent Shout. I think that’s okay. I’m not Digits, I write about music that I love, and I love the video for “Safe,” the first single off the now released Get Through.
Directed by Zoo Owl’s Ozo Vision and featuring Most People’s Brandon as a clump of dirt, the video features a superhero looking Alt wandering around a Hoth-like icy wilderness. Once he stumbles upon an alien creature (Brandon’s clump of dirt), it develops into a The Thing style horror short. Speaking of that, I’m jealous about the whole flare thing. I’ve never used one, and while, sure, it’s probably easy enough to buy one and turn it on, but I’ve never had a reason to, and doing so just for fun would be wasteful?
Anyway, all hail Digits, our founder and leader. May he prosper for evermore. Get Through is also damn, damn fine, so you should consider getting it, or at the very least streaming it.
We have been following the trajectory of Most People since the release of their self-titled debut record in 2012. We’ve said it before, but the band is one of the most talented in the city in terms of pure musicality, and now, we have a triumphant return with their latest EP Violet Spaces.
Co-produced by our very own Digits, there’s a decidedly more electronic feel to this EP and a darkness that we had never really heard from the band before. Sure, there’s still the beautiful vocal harmonies, shredding guitar lines and drums accenting just the right parts, but just try and listen to “Release” and NOT want to fuck shit up. Add in the synth bass in “I Just Might,” and the “boom, bap, boom-bim-bap” drum line of “Telephone,” and you’ve got a completely new style from the Toronto-duo. Something that we always love is following a band from their nascent stage, developing and honing their style and willing to try new things. This experimentation pays off in spades on the new EP and makes us excited for everything new the project does.
Not to mention the four remixes that close out the album, done by Silent Shout faves Zoo Owl, Eytan Tobin, Slowpitchsound and, of course Digits. Those in Toronto can catch Most People at least twice this summer. Their record release is in Toronto this Saturday with Silent Shout mainstays Petra Glynt and Hush Pup. They are also presenting a new piece of awesomeness at this year’s SummerWorks Music Series (which, full disclosure, was curated by me and Wavelength’s Adam Bradley).
Our love for JOOJ, the new project from Sook-Yin Lee and Adam Litovitz, is well documented. “Shoulders and Whispers” is a minimalist gem, and a ridiculously strong debut and, of course, there was no no doubt that any visual output from the band would be equally as strong. Enter Brandon Cronenberg: the director’s take on the song is appropriately creepy with slow pans over writhing dancers in a church, and Sook-Yin as some sort of religious figure.
The hugely anticipated album drops May 26 on Last Gang, and a release show at Double Double Land on May 29. Want more? Of course you do! Check out two amazing (and very different) remixes of the song courtesy of Slim Twig and our very own Digits. Both are available as free downloads courtesy of Last Gang: