Emerging in late 2012 with a sound that was all his own, Tor’s debut album Drum Therapy was the culmination of over a decade of quietly honing his craft. Now over 3 years since his debut, the Vancouver-based experimental producer returns with his sophomore album Blue Book, set for release today June 3rd, on Emancipator's Loci Records.
"I've been working on Blue Book over the past 2 and a half years - it took a long time to push through creative dry spells and the weight of my own expectations after my first album. I wanted to get outside my comfort zone and try new sounds and I learned a lot about my creative process along the way. It's definitely a snapshot of who I was while making it and i think you can hear that changing as the album plays through. To me it represents getting back in touch with my creative side in a big way after years of looking for purpose, and what it means to dedicate yourself to an unconventional life." - Tor
Blue Book serves as the perfect follow up to his debut album - a natural evolution of the best qualities of his previous work, while pushing his sound forward with new sonic palettes, ideas and tempos. Named after a childhood drawing book, the album references a raw creative time in Tor’s life with the theme of reconnecting with that part of him after years of looking for purpose. It’s a record that plays like a journey from start to nish, with rhythmic bell patterns, chopped vocal harmonies, atmospheric swells, warm basslines, and a newfound love of analog synthesizers all taking his songs to new levels, and establishes that Tor is an artist whose trajectory will be exciting to follow for years to come.
After catching the attention of Emancipator, Tor's debut album, Drum Therapy, became the first release for the all-new Loci Records. Even though Tor’s background had been strictly studio- based, he quickly found footing in the touring world supporting established acts like Emancipator & Bluetech on national U.S. tours, performing at multiple festivals such as Shambhala, BassCoast, What The Festival & Burning Man, in addition to remixing artists like ODESZA.
2. Two Suns
3. Loop Therapy
4. Days Gone
10. Aura Love