Onsale Times

Mssey Hall Presents

We are excited to introduce you to Trails on June 4 at the Drake Underground

Trails is Allie O’Manique, a master of languid melancholia at just 19 years old. She grew up on the Rideau River, and her music feels like a search back to those more peaceful, nature-bound times. The forthcoming Trails material stands out in her discography for its boldness. The songs are profoundly intimate, her dusky alto simultaneously holds the darkness of a survivor and the promise of brighter days to come. Featuring astonishingly intelligent psych-pop verging on lush (think Weyes Blood, Sharon Van Etten, Charlotte Gainsbourg), though with slow-pitched, trasheteria oddities (think Tom Waits, Portishead, art-school kids in extra-long sleeves with tattered cuffs) almost imperceptibly offsetting all of the hazy beauty. O’Manique’s formidable voice– full of gentle warmth and capable of pulling off the highest highs and the lowest lows –holds centre court, complemented by her band.

Queen Of Swords is the new project from Aerin Fogel, and has quickly gained attention in Toronto’s live scene as a duo of Fogel and synth player Kritty Uranowski. The debut Queen Of Swords LP (2017) was recorded and co-produced by Bobb Bruno (Best Coast). Sweeping melodies and driving undertones make up a complex mixture of dark dream pop and old school rock n’ roll.

Fogel played previously in The Bitters with Ben Cook (Fucked Up/Young Guv/Bad Actors Records etc.) and is also the creator of Toronto’s first Venus Fest, a feminist music festival that will celebrate its second year in September 2018.