Made up of Liela Moss and Toby Butler (from The Duke Spirit), Roman Remains is the London/LA duo’s new side project. Written on the road and recorded during a break in the band’s touring schedule, this debut album was mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork, UNKLE, Austra) and explores darker forms of dance music, influenced by industrial, goth and electro.
Trust – Are We Arc? Exclusive: Toronto’s synth whiz drops a beautiful, melodic new single from his second album
Electronic artist Robert Alfons is gearing up to release Joyland, his ecstatic second album as Trust, through Arts and Crafts. We’ve already heard the fully-fleshed “Rescue, Mister” and “Capitol”, and now Alfons shares the pensive “Are We Arc?” on Dazed. Synths soar as well as stab, weaving around his voice which goes from a guttural Ian Curtis growl to a sing-songy coo. As Alfons explains: “It was written on the side of volcano while in Argentina, inspired by patience and lava. An integral tender moment in the album’s story.”
Damian worked on the album’s vocal production and mixing.
For more and to listen, visit Dazed.
Trust’s Explosive New Song “Capitol” from Album “Joyland” with Vocal Production and Mixing by Damian Taylor
Toronto artist Robert Alfons, a.k.a. Trust, is gearing up to release his second album, Joyland (with vocal production and mixing by Damian Taylor), on March 4th via Arts & Crafts.
Spanning 11 tracks, the LP sees him opting for brighter, more sweeping synth-pop arrangements.
Joyland is described as “an eruption of guts, feels, and joy”, and its newest single, the volcanic and all-consuming “Capitol”, does that characterization total justice. Once the track taps into that larger-than-life, MGMT-meets-’80s-dance-party chorus, there’s no turning back or need for second-guessing.
For more and to listen, visit Consequence of Sound.
“Mas Ysa is still a very new act, and so most of the discussion about Thomas Arseneault has to rely on reference points. He’s opened for Deerhunter and RZA, and there’s precedent for certain sonic aspects of his intriguing EP, Worth—the polished, dramatic synth-pop of Future Islands, quavering vocals that put a Xiu Xiu-esque chokehold on your attention, M83‘s rocket-fueled dynamics. “Shame” is the highlight from Worth, and it’s due to Arseneault proving he’s a solo act, but more importantly, a one-man show.
The lyrics are nearly impossible to make out in full, but when he mentions a friend’s skateboard left in the park before one of its many volcanic outbursts, it’s apparent that the memories of whatever happened are nearly impossible to handle without losing your shit. Thomas Arseneault performs on “Shame” like someone who is trying to raise the dead by pure emotion alone.”
For more and to listen, visit Pitchfork.
NOW + 4EVA is the fifth album from long-running Melbourne pop ensemble Architecture In Helsinki and is the first album released through their own imprint Casual Workout, following a brief stint on Modular.
The album is co-produced by the band and Francois Tetaz (Gotye) and mixed in Los Angeles and Montreal by Tetaz and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire).
For more, visit Mess and Noise.