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.
Mimico – a Torontonian band named after the Torontonian neighbourhood – make excellent electro-kosmiche music we at Silent Shout can really get behind. “Fate Screen” rides an ominous krautrock groove to the edge of the solar system amidst guitar freakouts and synth spasms- it’s perfect for a midnight kruise down the Autobahn. Psychedelic space-goths, unite!
The track is taken from a forthcoming split with Fresh Snow on Reel Cod Records, who will also release Mimico’s forthcoming LP Incantations in January.
One of the best underground concert series in Toronto, Nite Comfort specializes in dark electronic music that skews towards the ambient and experimental. Last month, they celebrated their first anniversary with a compilation featuring many of the artists that have graced their stage, and it’s a wonderful cross-section of the city’s avant-garde synth explorers, including new tunes from Silent Shout faves Chanteclair, Sarin, Processor, and Zachary Gray. If we had to pick out a couple of highlights though, we’ll go with Dirty Inputs‘ majestic new synth epic “The Light of Day for Everyone” and Chobo‘s expansive exercise in sonic contrasts “Tingkle Away.” But really, check out the whole compilation on Bandcamp.
Dirty Inputs and Chobo both perform in Toronto this Thursday along with another Silent Shout darling, Zoo Owl, at the Silver Dollar. Recommended!
My goodness. I’m not sure how Petra Glynt can call a single like this a DEMO, but we’ll accept that there’s a potential universe where “Propaganda” gets even bigger and shinier and more polished. But it sounds pretty perfect as it stands, Petra’s signature deep, pulsing beats and insistent pummelling vocals remaining shockingly original. Her militaristic anti-militarism is a sound destined for huge things, and considering she just came off a tour opening for Austra, it seems like people are finally beginning to pay some serious attention to this incredible Toronto talent. “Propaganda” is off of the new Healing Power records compilation which is just full of wonderful treats, and you can also buy the song separately directly from Petra’s Bandcamp.
Petra Glynt plays Toronto this Saturday at Wavelength, together with Silent Shout faves Jooj on a phenomenal bill.
“Help me God, help me God this time.” Not a lyric that we would expect from Jay Holy, the Toronto-based gothically skewed psych-rocker. Scopolamine Dream is his first release since last year’s excellent Skeletor EP and picks up exactly where that left off: emotional pleas set to a backdrop of musical freak-outs. The title and album art reflects a troubled person trying to deal with his issues through drugs, pain, self-loathing and, apparently, God.
It is a strong statement from one of the city’s most original acts. “Buried Alive” features one of the best codas in recent memory, with an instrumental dance breakdown that we could have had go on for another five minutes. “Catacombs” might be the grooviest song on the album, but with a severe sense of foreboding through the sole oft-repeated lyric of “can’t do it again.”
Jay Holy wrote and recorded all the parts himself, an impressive feat for such thick and luscious instrumentation. That said, he seems to be embracing his live-band as of late with the release of an also spectacular Halloween Ottobre EP recorded with his bandmmates over a few days.
Both records are available PWYC on Bandcamp, and are well worth your time.
“Curtains?!” is unquestionably one of the best singles of the year, a standout from Timber Timbre’s masterful Hot Dreams. But of course, as an electronic blog, part of us always wonders: “What if there was just more synth in there?” Well today we get a hypnotic, grooving, epic journey of a remix from Toronto’s psychedelic electronic superstars Doomsquad, featuring a guest vocal from Simone Schmidt (of Fiver, One Hundred Dollars). In your face and unrelentless, it’s a deep and bassy track that is darker and more urgent than their amazing February debut Kalaboogie. Such a good combination! One of the best remixes of the year.
Ginla, that duo that met in Boston but now do their thing in Toronto, just put out a great follow-up to “Almost Plastic.” “Things You Have” is a very shoegazy electronic pop track featuring some of the breathiest synths and singing we’ve ever come across. Very cool sound! This is going to be on their forthcoming EP Dreaming In Circles, out November 11. We’ll be watching for it.
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!
Toronto’s Ev Ree Wuhn have been dormant as of late, so it makes sense that they will be releasing their first full length later this year. As a teaser for things to come, the trio have released the atmospheric and glitchy double A-side single above, featuring guest vocals from Devin Wilson of Bravestation and some pretty damn neat bleeps and bloops. We’re definitely intrigued, and will be keeping our ears alert for any new developments moving forward.
Our friends in Tony Ho have sneakily gone and directed one of the best videos of the year. Featuring brother sister duo Brave Shores with one of the catchiest indie-pop songs we’ve heard this side of Icona Pop, the Toronto sketch troupe have created a colourful world of awesome hair and beautiful people. Keep your eyes peeled for a brief a cameo from Roxanne, Silent Shout’s own resident artist as the girl with the bubble gum.