Tag: Ken Park
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!
1. Allie X – Bitch
2. Weaves – Motorcycle (Beta Frontiers Remix)
3. Ken Park – Stay at Mine
4. Austra – American Science (Duran Duran cover)
5. Prince Innocence – Cold
6. Visrei – Écarlate
7. Hey Mother Death – Highway
8. Mekele – Ānanda
9. Zammuto – Great Equator
10. Bile Sister – Guppy Ab
11. Thomas – Shy
12. James Irwin – Everything Passed Me By
13. Para Palabras – Lonely
14. Electric Youth – Runaway
15. Make Haste – Get Back Home
16. Zoo Owl – Left Alone
17. Glass Random – I Feel Better
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!
Fantastic new track from our favourite renegade Canadian-gone-Berlin Ken Park, “Bellhop” has a lovely soaring melody over an insistent plucking pulse. Be sure to check out his first two singles as well.
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
Here are some phenomenal debut tracks by Toronto ex-pat living in Berlin Ken Park. Still a member of Toronto’s Ostrich Tuning from afar, his new solo work is deeply affecting psychedelic electronic pop.