The Neighbourhood Mixtape

The Neighbourhood Mixtape: Red Bloom

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: Obijou, "Anser"

Ohbijou releases their third LP, Metal Meets, in two weeks. For now you can listen to "Anser" - a melodic chasm that pushes skyward with a rush of life and optimism.

Track #2: Cai.ro, "Selfish"

Cai.ro's EP Young Love opens with "Selfish", a promising track that flows, slow and smooth. The folk-rock song sits lightly on top catchy lyrics, drums that flutter and vocals and strings that weave in and out.

Track #3: Ttthick As Ttthieves, "Don't Turn the Day Down"

"Don't Turn the Day Down" hangs low in an atmosphere fluctuating with bass undercurrents and future-vision sequences. Sprawled-out vocals and riffs add polish and grit.

Track #4: Deloro, "Joy Joy"

Deloro's self-titled LP rides across a desert highway, and "Joy Joy" hangs like a moon that trails just over on the horizon. "There's a little love that's lost / I can hear it scream" the band sings, their vocal variations and moonlit arrangements forming a slow waltz, a wild tidal pull.

Track #5: Austra, "Identity"

With her new single for "Spellwork", Austra captures you again under her spell, The soaring B-side "Identity" embraces the elements of Feel It Break (just in time for Polaris).

If you wish to be a part of The Neighbourhood Mixtape, you can contact Aldrin at aldrin [at] blogto [dotcom]


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