We’ve long been fans of Toronto‘s Cheldon Paterson aka SlowPitchSound, celebrated sci-fi turntablist and outer solar system sonic explorer. Over the years he’s certainly shown us many wonders, but on his fifth full-length album THK SKN, he takes us on a voyage through realms uncharted.
A score for an imaginary film, THK SKN is full of subtly crafted soundscapes that create a mood rather than jump out at you, flipping nonchalantly from idea to idea with ease, and never neglecting the flow. It even includes one absolutely transcendent pop/R&B single, appearing in the middle of side one and featuring an incredible vocal turn by Shikha Sehgal. But to discover every nook and cranny of this record, you’ll need to listen many times. THK SKN is an imaginary film well worth returning to, over and over.
THK SKN is available now from Bandcamp.
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).
We’re really excited about SlowPitchSound‘s “scifi-turntablism”! The Toronto-based artist uses a turntable as an instrument, looping and adding effects to create intricate instrumental compositions. (We also, naturally, love scifi references!) “LoFiSci” punctuates melancholy extended notes with clicks and taps, disembodied voices and something that could be a BopIt twist sound. The end result is haunting and quite a bit original.