I must say that Field Trip did a fantastic job in curating their performers this year. In fact, the entire festival grounds were set up in a new and innovative way, keeping the sound from each stage well isolated and the children happily at play in between. On top of that it was a glorious day. All of these factors put me in a very good mood, so I decided it was time I actually went to see the up and coming Toronto band Holy Fuck. I have been listening to them for some time, but have always seemed to get sidetracked when it comes to seeing them live. Regardless to say, I am glad I broke this bad habit of being an absentee fan.
As far as absolutely out of this world live electronica goes, Holy Fuck can be described eponymously. They layer beats on top of their live drummer as if they are constantly icing their giant psychedelic cake. If there is one boundary that Holy Fuck breaks, beyond their crazy name, it is that they forge a distinctive harmony between synthetic and instrumental music. In fact those of you who read our review of Ensh would find Holy Fuck in the same indefinable category. This is a band that has blazed a trail people didn’t even know was there yet. They have managed to transcend the stereotypes of modern music and create their own genre,a true accomplishment in an of itself. Seen at an outdoor festival, their music takes on richer organic undertones with the opportunity to breathe in the open air, if you get a chance to see Holy Fuck outdoors this summer, don’t miss them. holyfuckmusic.com
Everything about music is ethereal, and in more than the totally obvious ways. Sometimes an artist will invent a new style completely and transcend the lines so finely drawn between existing genres. Ensh does so unabashedly and with a certain raw tenacity, as I discussed with him after his set at The Drake Underground. At this stage his music seems to be between two worlds, almost too commercial for European audiences, yet somehow a little too far out for Canadians.
The native Serbian and former Torontonian will be moving back to Toronto in September 2016 and although on this night the Drake was sparsely populated, I foresee Ensh playing some epic sold out club gigs. I will say that those who were there enjoyed themselves immensely. Ensh plays his own form of soulful electronica mixed with live beats and live vocals. He is a joyous performer, dancing around for the whole set and screaming into the microphone with his eyes closed, all while manipulating his beats with a foot pedal.
As you may have noticed he also happened to paint his face for the show, kind of like a slightly slow Ziggy Stardust. Is that ok? Can I say that? On top of this, Ensh’s ensemble for the evening was completed so that he resembled a hobo Hugh Hefner. He did this even though it was a wednesday night and there was a small crowd. He did it just because it felt right. This is the mark of an artist who gives it their all every time and an attitude the Toronto music scene needs more of. I look forward to seeing more of Ensh very soon. Check him out here if you like: http://www.enshmusic.com/
Pictures and Article by: Gideon Greenbaum-Shinder
Edited by: Jesse Kline
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