The Neighbourhood Mixtape

The Neighbourhood Mixtape: 50

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: Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, "Queens"

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are a band to watch. "Queens" brings thunder and rain against a background of guitars and percussion. But it's the celestial vocals that prevail - a natural force, a nocturnal flood of light.

Track #2: The Paint Movement, "Embers"

The Paint Movement's "Embers" - like autumn - produce variations of mood. The track mesmerizes and inspires as layers of rich instrumentation accrue, creating an amorous rush.

Track #3: Black Walls, "Pines"

Black Walls is singer-songwriter Ken Reaume, whose quiet visionary musical style transfixes you solely in his song. "Pines" travels to familiar places, yet at the height of the track's climax, Reaume's spirituous guitar guides and encourages you in being lost.

Track #4: The Elwins, "Forgetful Assistance"

The Elwins have a new track, "Forgetful Assistance" and thanks to the new Live from Exclaim music series, we can share the bubbly pop song (a live session) with you. The song is expected to be part of their new LP And I Thank You.

Track #5: Find The Others, "I Like You"

Find The Others' "I Like You" meshes flickering dream-folktronic with story fragments - a stuttering love song that recalls our own clumsy youth.

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


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