The Neighbourhood Mixtape: Bright Young Thing
The Neighbourhood Mixtape is a collection of newly-released songs by Toronto musicians. The mixtape is meant to celebrate Toronto's music culture and provide a forum to listen to and discover new local music.
Every Sunday, I post a five-track mixtape (along with my own mini-reflections for each track) that you can download or stream as a soundtrack for the week.
Track #1: Phantom Ambulance, "The Bellwater Theme"
"The Bellwater Theme" pulses in a chilled trance as its minimalist arrangement and fluid bass act like catnip for techno lovers.
Track #2: Beliefs, "Iron Streams"
Beliefs' casts "Iron Streams" straight from the shoegaze furnace, forging the song from dishevelled percussion, vocal distortions and garage rock candy hooks.
Track #3: Tasseomancy, "Healthy Hands"
Let Tasseomancy's spook-folk track "Healthy Hands" tell your fortune. Drums and tambourine creep up, and a door creaks. "Healthy hands will mourn you," sings twins Sari and Romy Lightman, their vocal spells surrounding the room.
Track #4: Carnival Moon, "Maple Wife"
Elaine Kelly's lush pitch-shifts intoxicate, and the band's feathery arrangements create the perfect ballad, inspiring windows into open scenery and spaces.
Young Galaxy puts their own touch on Austra's second single "Lose It", muffling the vocal layers in the song's chorus and replacing it with a flute. The end result is a tropical, decelerated astral disco track.
If you wish to be a part of The Neighbourhood Mixtape, you can contact Aldrin at aldrin [at] blogto [dotcom]
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