Jul 15, 2022
Toronto Ambient Producer 'Blue Light' Performs Live from the Safe Sounds Bank Vault
We've got the inside scoop ~ Toronto-based ambient producer, Blue Light, released a stirring EP in May entitled DARK DARK NIGHT. It's three tracks that will keep you grounded and awash with bliss.
That's right; here at Safe Sounds we're committed to promoting different genres of music, so in addition to your "wham bam thank you mam" kinda stuff from heavy hitters Theo Vandenhoff and Idious Carrie, our aim is to provide a platform for other sounds that we care about. Toronto is such an excellent place for experimental music, both as a musician and within a scene of gracious listeners.
Back in another world, in another time, on February 6th 2020, Blue Light visited the Safe Sounds bank vault. Two of the three tracks have previously been released, but today we're sharing an unheard version of 'Out of This Dark Dark Night' for the very first time!
Watch it below ~
Ambient music is a term first coined by Brian Eno; one and only; the forever saviour of feeling in music. Who else would have the audacity to create an entire genre of music? For those who aren't familiar, ambient music plays with conscious vs subconscious listening. Put simply, we're very much used to conscious listening, but the subconscious side offers the ability for you to focus on other things and simply let the music wash into your psyche. Why listen to your music, when you can breathe it?
If you've attended any of the Bill Cutbill AMAZONAS shows, you might have experienced this very thing there. After all, how much jungle soundscape can you consciously think about, and how long does it take to start to wash over you like never ending waves hitting a pebble beach?
Support Blue Light now on bandcamp. DARK DARK NIGHT was produced and mixed by Alessandro Carlevaris (who you should know as the shaggy haired axe wielding protagonist of Toronto psych rockers, Hot Garbage). It was mixed by Toronto pioneer Ian McPhedran.
All proceeds up to $200 will be going to The Fund for Native Children and Families through Canada Helps.
If you have enjoyed these sessions, you should head over to our YouTube channel where you'll find all sort of different golden nuggets.
Thu 14 July 2022
Theo Vandenhoff Q&A with the Go-Go Radio Magic Show
Ahead of his debut Montreal performance tonight (July 14th) at Casa Del Popolo, Theo Vandenhoff has been speaking with the wonderful people over at The Go-Go Radio Magic Show.
The Q&A is featured on their website now, with Theo discussing all matter of things such as his influences, favourite Toronto spots, recording vs. performing and more.
Head over to The Go-Go Radio Magic Show website now to read the full article and don't forget to tune into CJLO 1960am today for their awesome weekly show — every Friday from 6pm-8pm. You'll get a hit of Theo's music right before the doors open at Casa Del Popolo.
Alles Ist Besser is streaming everywhere now!
Jun 28, 2022
Alles Ist Besser Music Video Premiere
Theo Vandenhoff's smashing new music video for Alles Ist Besser is premiering now over at Psychedelic Baby Magazine. It was directed by Nick Tiringer who is also behind the artwork for the single. Check it out now!
Come celebrate the release with us June 30th (this Thursday) at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto. Tickets can be purchased here.
Jun 23, 2022
Theo Vandenhoff's Blistering New Single 'Alles Ist Besser'
Building on the momentum from his debut EP, Heartache Is An Empty Room, Theo Vandenhoff returns with the blistering new single, 'Alles Ist Besser'!
It's a frenetic and jaunty pop song that pays tribute to the early 80’s German EBM scene. Musically, Vandenhoff continues where he left off - Alles Ist Besser has a pure post-punk drive with huge drum machines and pulsating synth hooks providing the backdrop for squealing guitars and brass solos.
The track was recorded at Dining Room Studio (Toronto, Canada), produced by Jay Merrow and Theo Vandenhoff and mastered by Tom Nixon. The single art comes from Nick Tiringer.
Speaking ahead of the release, Vandenhoff explained -
"Alles Ist Besser is a song about how it is always better to express your negative emotions rather than suppressing them, written from the point of view of someone who has reached their boiling point from hiding their true feelings."
It's a struggle that any people pleaser knows all too well, and with this new release, Theo Vandenhoff surely aims to please! The music video for Alles Ist Besser will premiere on June 28th via Psychedelic Baby Magazine, so keep those eyes peeled!
This release was made possible thanks to the support of FACTOR Canada.
Jun 23, 2022
Idious Carrie Celebrates 1 Year of 'O' With Special Performance
Well I never, if it isn't one year since Idious Carrie released the beautiful 'O'! I'm sure you'll join us in the celebration by searching for and following Idious Carrie on your preferred music platform, and giving the singles a spin!
The beautiful and heartfelt tracks, '9 Lives' and 'The World as a Loose Garment' are ageing like a fine wine. How time flies when you look back at music from this Toronto powerhouse of a scene.
Idious will be performing a very intimate house show tonight, Thursday June 23rd. If you want to come, drop us a DM on Instagram and we'll reveal the details.