You don’t get much less seasonal that a Toboggan in the middle of summer. Unless of course the Toboggan in question is Montreal’s Corey Martin, who will be putting out the Vouvoyer EP on 31 July via Toronto electronic label Rare Beef.
The Vouvoyer EP finds Martin moving away from the sample-driven sound of his earlier records (which featured remixes from the likes of Ryan Hemsworth and Sega Bodega) and into a smoother and at times more organic sound. Clues to this shift could be spotted on his Soundcloud, with icily minimal reworkings of Hudson Mohawke, Whitney Houston and Mark Morrison, amongst others.
Martin explains Toboggan started after a decade of childhood piano lessons, followed by some early experimenting with Fruity Loops with friend Shawn Joncas around 2005-2009. “I started getting a better handle on it by 2010 and that’s when I started using the name Toboggan. Everything I've put out since is on my bandcamp in reverse chronological order."
"Save Me" is the second track to be taken from the record and features a bruised vocal performance from New Yorker Rowan Spencer, whose voice hangs dolefully over a minimal organ drone. Austin slowly builds electronic pulses and percussion underneath, growing ever more complex and glitchy as the track goes on. It’s a track that is at once pensive, involved and involving, and we look forward to hearing much more from both Toboggan and vocalist Spencer in the months to come.