The Neighbourhood Mixtape: Writer's Block
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: Topanga, "Oceans"
Topanga's full-blooded sound exhilarates in "Oceans", part of a 7-inch the band will release (physically) and celebrate on February 24th at Sneaky Dees. Download a free digital copy here.
Track #2: Evening Hymns, "If I Handle You With Care (Trembling Blue Stars cover)"
"You cannot light a fire without a spark," sings Will Whitwham in "Autumn Skies". Whitwham's new project, Lake Forest holds your attention with their vivid campfire song, as Whitwham sings about forest critters and pastoral memories.
Track #4: Roads and Boats, "Anaesthetic"
An ensemble of sonic glitches and rolling loops create a vocal black hole in "Anaesthetic", its depth of narcotized sound raising a chill until the track breaks in a haze.
Track #5: The Junction, "Waves"
The Junction releases their third album Grievances March 6. Listen and download their catchy, effortless track "Waves" - a sun-kissed pop tune with whirring riffs and breezy hooks.
If you wish to be a part of The Neighbourhood Mixtape, you can contact Aldrin at aldrin [at] blogto [dotcom]
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