Since 2010, Toy have earned a reputation as a band of integrity, virtuosity and taste, with Tom, Maxim, Dom, Charlie and (joining in 2015) Max creating a sound that is embedded in the underground tradition, yet distinctly their own.
Their new album “Happy in the Hollow” released on Tough Love Records marks a new dawn for this most singular of bands. Recorded between their own home tape studios and mixed at Dan Carey’s Studio B in South London, the album is entirely uncompromising: an atmospheric capturing of a state of mind that touches on post-punk, electronic dissonance, acid folk and Krautrock. Familiar qualities like metronomic rhythms, warping guitars, undulating synths and Tom’s gentle, reedy vocals are all in there, but so is a greater emphasis on melody, a wider scope, and a combining of the reassuring and the sinister that is as unnerving as it is captivating. The sound has without doubt expanded — and grown more confident — in part because this is the first album for which Toy has become a self-sufficient five-person unit doing everything for themselves.
Since their inception, they have also released the acclaimed albums Toy (2012), Join The Dots (2013) and Clear Shot (2016), and toured everywhere from Serbia to China, while holding onto that youthful, magical moment of discovering strange new worlds of innocence and experience.
27.02.2019 20:00 Cassiopeia Berlin