- This Sound Will Save You go with its gut
Halifax's hard-working electro-pop three-piece, This Sound Will Save You, releases its debut album, Let the Light Lead You, at the Carleton on Monday. With multi-instrumentalist Matt Fudge, vocalist/UK-transplant Chloe Jones and Nico Orengo on drums, the album shows off the emotive depth and wealth of feeling that infuses the band.
"We wanted a record where every song sounded like a hit," says Fudge. "We didn't stop for a year until every song met that criteria and we defined a hit as a song with a strong emotional reaction by us, not a subtle reaction but very bold strong statements."
As a producer, Fudge says recording the album at home studios was a process full of experimentation and exploration that revealed the band's first survival tip. "Basically, we had the ability to finish the initial tracks in a short amount of time, but then it was like, 'Is this really finished?' because it happened so fluid and so fast," he says. "So we kept overdubbing and working, but on the day before mastering, we reverted a lot of changes back to the original versions." The lesson learned? Trust your instincts.
"We also discovered so much about what music we like, what sound we want. We realized how much we got right and how much we were inspired in the moment."
This Sound Will Save You's focus on expressing the correct emotional experience shaped the video for the album's single, "Keep My Eyes Shut." Directed by Ben Von Wong, the video synchronizes the aural and the visual.
Filmed on a cold February night in Montreal, the clip shows the natural isolation one can feel post-breakup. As Jones and Fudge perform on a deserted Montreal transit bus, the ethereal vocals and synthesizers demonstrate hope for making it to the next stop.
"It was definitely a career highlight to be playing drums and guitar on a bus moving down the Montreal highway," says Fudge. This is one trio that stays on schedule.
This Sound Will Save You
Monday, May 20, 9pm, pay what you can
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, 1685 Argyle Street