Great news for all fans of good music: Scott Hardware has released a song! We’ve been eagerly anticipating something from the project formerly known as Ken Park since they played the Silent Shout Festival last year, and now with “New Money Walk” we have it. The song is a sonic leap forward for the Toronto producer, while still maintaining the inherent hazy chillness we fell in love with in the first place. Not to mention the geometric video directed by Felix Kalmenson, which suits the music perfectly, from that first deep bass hit to the final pads of the repeated refrain.
Mutate Repeat Infinity, Scott Hardware’s new album–and the follow-up to our 2014 album of the year You Think About it Too Much–is out June 24th on Banko Gotiti. You can preorder a limited edition red-tinted tape now on Scott’s Bandcamp.
We’ve never been shy about the fact that we love Ken Park. Toronto’s Scott Harwood makes some of most perfectly executed, emotionally deep dance music out there, so it’s about time to formally place him in our Pile of Best Albums!
You Think About It Too Much was recorded over the course of a Berlin winter, and the end result is stuffed with musical layers and excellent production. Most of the songs push past the five minute mark, giving enough space to fully develop and expand each idea. And those ideas are definitely great ones, ranging from the downtrodden melody of “He Says I’m an Island (I Won’t Try and Find Him)” to the partial synth scales flitting through the opening of “Stay at Mine.”
The album manages to be perfect for long days walking around a city, observing the life around you and getting lost in your own thoughts, and at the same time ideal for cavorting at a crowded house party, dancing and making memories. That’s because it’s a perfect mixture of focused introspective vocals and atmospheric, bass-driven pop.
Don’t think about it too much – get into Ken Park.
Toronto’s Ken Park eats a falafel on a deserted beach, sometimes singing in between bites, and it’s still somehow mesmerizing. This video for hypnotic You Think About it Too Much highlight “Stay At Mine” was directed by Eduardo Sánchez and shot in Barcelona on Ken Park’s summer tour with Phèdre.
Ken Park plays Toronto tonight with Silent Shout faves Antoine93 and Mathématique at Double Double Land. Can’t miss!