Tag: Ken Park
1. Quinn Read-Baxter – Don’t Go
2. The Number Line – Park Light
3. Ken Park – He Says I’m An Island (I Won’t Try and Find Him)
4. Operators – True
5. Beta Frontiers – Undone Things
6. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
7. Uaxyacac – Don’t Let It Go
8. Austra – Habitat
9. Girls in Uniform – Flowers of the City
10. Mozart’s Sister – Enjoy
11. Men I Trust – A Cycle (feat. Odile)
12. Ambrose – Citadel Passage
13. Robert Loveless – Blue Hell & Back
14. Miracle Fortress – Here’s to Feeling Good All the Time
Ken Park. Remember that name. You’ll be hearing it again and again in the years to come. We’ve been following the work of Scott Harwood, the Toronto oft-live-member of Hooded Fang and Phèdre, since the genesis of the Ken Park project in Berlin. We may have eagerly, salivatingly, posted his demo tracks, accompanied by nonsensical superlatives. Now, our long wait for REAL-DEAL Ken Park recordings is finally over and we hardly know what to do with ourselves. We’d better stick to the facts: this his first song, and first video. It’s directed by Lisa Folkerson. The song is three minutes and fifty-three seconds in length.
And now, more nonsensical superlatives: the song is brilliant by any objective standard, taking Chevalier Avant Gardesque lo-fi textures and bringing them to a immaculately produced, piercing and emotionally direct place. We challenge you to not be moved by its majesty.
If you live in Toronto, it’s an undeniable fact that Phèdre wrote one of the best summer jam ever with “In Decay.” That song was EVERYWHERE when it came out in 2012. Their two albums, last year’s Golden Age and a self-titled debut in 2012, are amazing and will hold up for generations to come. They also have one of the weirdest, most engaging live shows this side of our namesake.
We’re thrilled to co-present them on the Thursday February 13th instalment of the Wavelength Festival at the Silver Dollar with many other amazing bands. Daniel Lee of Phèdre (and the also amazing Hooded Fang) took some time out of his day to pick some bands he loves and the reasons for that.
Man Made Hill is a king in my mind. He goes the distance in performance, videos, and his skewed-disco epic tracks.
I’ve been a fan of Castle If for a little while now. The tracks on this release are really long, and that is just fine with me. It sounds thoughtful and and kind of invokes feelings of warm insanity.
Zacht Automaat are one of the few groups that we’ve listened to a lot this year. These recordings are mindblowing, as is the rate of output. We are blessed to have this in our city. I don’t even have words to explain it. A compilation was just released on Calico Co.
Ken Park makes really good emotion-inducing hypnotic dance tracks. A nice debut record coming out soon, which I can’t wait for. He also has perfect pitch hearing, and I don’t understand how that is possible.
Ice Cream are an amazing Toronto duo, with just one track up so far. We met Carlyn through her guitar playing work with Blonde Elvis, and she exudes the same class and great taste in playing in this group. Her bandmate is also awesome. The overall aesthetic is ice and minimal and drum machine driven, but nice and analog as well, with live bass and keys. Smart pop.
Maybe it’s just the heat, but EVERYTHING we’re posting these days sounds like sweet summer jamz. This is reportedly of the forthcoming Phèdre album, but was originally included on a Parisian compilation called Mostla IV curated by Almost Musique. The other exciting part of this is that the song features Ken Park, our new hometown favourite!
1. Galaxius Mons – Cup My Aching Mind (Crazy Epitaph)
2. Great Marble – In the Air
3. Ken Park – He Says I’m an Island
4. Blue Hawaii – Try to Be
5. Petra Glynt – Sour Paradise
6. Jake Finne – Black Panthers
7. Negative Beach – Vacant Home (Demo)
8. Violence – Façades
9. Vierance – Beaches
10. Doldrums – Anomaly
11. Crowns – HLYLND
12. Bliss Club – Breeze Punk 2
13. Potpourri of Pearls – James and the Cold Gun (Kate Bush cover)
14. Rakam – Le Jazz Dans la Rue
15. Coxkarnn – Blud for a Sec
16. Jeremy Greenspan – Sirius Shake