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FIVE // Cayley Thomas : Carly Cascio : De Rien : Back of House : Mute Choir

Cayley Thomas

Cayley Thomas – Midnight Hours

Cayley Thomas is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Edmonton, Alberta. Cayley’s upcoming album ‘How Else Can I Tell You?’ will mesmerize your soul as this single ‘Midnight Hours’ has since its release. Wispy and golden vocals of Cayley, drops asunder, as if the world is in chaos, but playing to the music of crescent envelopes of love ever embraced. The incantations seduce, without effort, as the shimmering light of ‘Midnight Hours’ cast the beauty of it all. ‘Midnight Hours’ – a unique take on simplistic, eccentric pop that’s been paired with a video that explores the ability to walk behind the mind’s elaborate set decoration so as to objectively observe one’s own thoughts and patterns from a place of curiosity and compassion.

Carly Cascio – W.I.M.M.

“I grew up classically trained on violin and viola and when I got to college I picked up piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, singing, song writing, and producing with Logic Pro X. I’ve been making music in secret for the past 2 to 3 years waiting until I’m totally satisfied with something before putting it out for people to hear and this just happened to be the first song of mine that I was happy to release.” Beautifully seductive, Carly’s single brings out the best for you – in you. To witness with eyes wide open, and to caress the heart’s embrace, for time and always – ‘W.I.M.M’ is characteristically incensed with poignant melodies and undulating suggestions of imagination. “I actually have complex PTSD from growing up in an abusive home and have really struggled with trusting my own sense of reality as a result of having to rely on my abusive parent for care. I’ve spent so much time trying to unlearn my dysfunction and end up falling face first sometimes, which is basically what catapulted me into writing this song.” Grace under fire, indeed. Strength for a millennia.

De Rien – Chimes

German producer and multi-instrumentalist De Rien follows chill-out debut single with a second single ‘Chimes’. After many years of experiencing the musical world from different angles, percussionist De Rien has turned his attention towards soulful electronica with his solo project. Sounds that are miles away from you beckoning heart, you traverse through the heat of the desert and the cold of the Arctic, to get next to her – him. It’s bound and unalterable. It’s love to the n’th degree. It’s a honing of art and vibes, color coded with deepened intentions of secrets clashed. Dance and love with De Rien. He is also part of collaborative electronica duo Komplement.

Back of House – The Brisket in the Kitchen

Back Of House is about food, good times, story telling, and hard-rock music. “This one is about a perfectly smoked brisket and how can you not love that shit?” Yep. Song about brisket. Oh yea. Niklas Bäckman is the man and chef behind BACK OF HOUSE. As he puts it: “All BACK OF HOUSE songs are about food and the food industry. This one is what happens when the restaurant kitchen is cleaned down and closed and the chefs winds down and have at it.” Again. It’s a rock band that sings about the glory of food and happiness. Can’t go wrong, yo.

Mute Choir – Familiar Ways

Sam Arion founded Mute Choir as a response to an identity crisis. Joined by fellow musical polymaths Milan Sarkadi and Iris Waters, the project loosely defining their style as ‘Organized Chaos’. “Mute Choir is as much the sound of a cluttered downtown as it is the lonesome ambience of insomnia”, said Sam. Their new single “Familiar Ways” depicts the surreal state of being a spectator of your own life with a bouncing, pop-driven backbeat and dense layers that reflect the dizzying psychology underneath. See the ever popular visionary in sound next @ Warehouse, St. Catharines, Ontario on January 25th. The music of Mute Choir is, above all else, about freedom. Freedom to live your life however you choose, and freedom to follow your creative vision wherever it leads.


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