May 05, 2021
In The Spotlight
THE iNDiE MACHiNE did a label feature on Safe Sounds earlier this week - you can check it out here.
We're really lucky to have great people in the local Toronto scene supporting artists, labels and releases, so head over there and check out what iNDiE MACHiNE has to say because there's a ton of great music being produced right now!!
You can also follow their Safe Sounds playlist on Spotify if you want to help boost the algorithms, cos hell, that's why we all do this right?!
Peace, earth and outer space.
Apr 30, 2021
World News Soundcloud Explodes Into Life
"World News Wednesdays" they're calling it. We were confused why, but then the pair explained that they'll be releasing improvised electronic music moments of all shapes and sizes to SoundCloud every Wednesday.
So far they are keeping well to their promise, and this week released a popping little ditty labelled TSBCMMVVI02.
What sort of instruments can you expect to hear? Synthesizers and drum machines of course.
Apr 28, 2021
Theo Vandenhoff Music Video Premiere
Theo Vandenhoff has just released the debut music video for post-punk single, Heartache Is An Empty Room. It is premiering now exclusively via Toronto Guardian... watch it here!
The track is taken from Theo's debut EP of the same name, which was released via Safe Sounds earlier this month and is available digitally and on strictly limited cassette, so grab one while you still can!
The reception for the EP has been incredible, so thank you to everyone for streaming the tracks and showing Theo the love and support his music deserves.
A few highlights from the month so far include this wonderful EP review by Soft Sound Press, Xposed Polaroid's in-depth interview with Theo, iNDiE MACHiNE's writeup of the debut single, and ULTRA mag's feature — Toronto's best independent scene zine — which is available to read digitally or you can purchase a physical copy from their website.
Also, a big thank you to Toronto Guardian for premiering the music video and providing a place to showcase independent artists and musicians in Toronto. With the world as it is, we finally want to thank you, the listeners, for supporting this release and making it such an epic time.
More news soon. X
Apr 10, 2021
Kali Horse Perform ANIMA Live From The Vault
We've decided to take a look back at our last live session when the incredible Kali Horse performed from within our bank vault as part of Wavelength Winter Festival.
One of the many highlights from the session was their new single ANIMA, performed with grit and psychedelic nerve-tingling electricity. It is now available to stream at your leisure via the Safe Sounds YouTube Channel.
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Lots more juicy stuff happening soon. Keep those ears peeled.
Apr 02, 2021
Heartache Is An Empty Room
Today is the day for Theo Vandenhoff, as the debut 5-track EP 'Heartache Is An Empty Room' arrives to digital platforms worldwide and strictly limited, not to mention beautiful, transparent yellow cassette! Listen now on your preferred thingamyjig.
So what more can we say?! Well, Theo Vandenhoff is a synthpop romantic from Toronto who creates pop music for the painfully lonely. Alienated by soccer culture, Theo's dad is largely responsible for his appreciation of melodramatic 80s music with catchy hooks.
“Heartache Is An Empty Room” was recorded with producer/teacher-turned-collaborator Jay Merrow (Twin Rains). In contrast to their close working relationship, themes of uncertainty and isolation circulate through the record.
“On the nose, wrought with emotion and romantic.” – Theo muses, when asked to describe himself in just three words. “I’m the kind of guy that talks through movies with one-liners.”
The literal college drop-out has a ton of ambition celebrating the beauty of the moments in between. Despite grim circumstances, there is an overbearing sense of optimism - realistic yet absurd.
For his inauguration, we’ll be celebrating with a very special ‘live, live’ session from the bank vault on April 28. Before then, keep your eyes peeled for an industrial, minimalist yet maximalist music video and give the EP a spin!
Art and design for album is by Isabel Glasgow (@hauntedyachtclub).