Wednesday Night – Oook & A-OK present Trust (feat. part of Austra) w/ ERAAS + Little Jungles

Tickets $8 in advance
$10 at the door
Tickets will be available at Leo’s Video (2680 Pandosy St) & Mosaic Books (411 Bernard Avenue).

Top local arts & culture blogs and co-present this great act from Toronto!

Trust is the alter ego of Toronto artist Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski (also of the band Austra) and is signed to the Arts & Crafts record label. The pair met in late 2009, started writing songs together, and formed the band in January 2010.

In recent times, the electronic music scene has gone through a roadblock with many projects repeating the same style of 80s, darkwave, techno and EBM-influenced. The majority of bands that fall in this genre are starting to sound redundant and overly similar to one-another. Sometimes, a genre needs to reseed or take a step back in order to grow a new branch of innovating music.

Though Trust isn’t a new and innovating project setting the path of new music exploration, it does however, represent a unique mix of familiar electronic sound formulations from the past and present. And you know what? Trust does a damn good job of creating solid production with their debut album, TRST. The upcoming full-length is all-around impressive with a smooth display of emotive synth-dance music that exudes a sexy and mysterious vibe.

This may be ERAAS‘ debut album, but Robert Toher and Austin Stawiarz had been making dark, evocative music for years with the post-rock band Apse before moody, sinister sounds became fashionable again in the indie world during the late 2000s and early 2010s. While this latest incarnation of the duo’s music fits into that revival pretty well, they use enough of what they learned with Apse to make them more complex, and unexpected, than some of their contemporaries. ERAAS’ song titles distill dread and mysticism into their most symbolic representations, but that may be the simplest thing about the duo’s music. Even on interludes such as “Black House” and “Moon,” their post-rock background gives their sound a majestic expanse that’s as open-ended as it is massive. Along with drawing on their past, ERAAS also recall like-minded artists devoted to conveying darkness in their music in less than obvious ways: the atmosphere of general dread and loping percussion recall Liars in their They Were Wrong, So We Drowned and Drum’s Not Dead days, and some of the eerie frost of the Knife and Fever Ray can be heard as well. While the duo might still be learning how to balance all the things they can do well into a cohesive whole, ERAAS’ whispers and shadows offer a different and welcome take on dark sounds.

Little Jungles makes pop songs at heart. Noise for you soul. They’ll eat you alive with their sadness and longing. They’ll bring you down to lift you up. Hearts breaking over and over and over and over and over…

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