When Toronto and Montreal get together, you get pure magic.
Elliston (vocalist) and Montreal producer Azlo met online and decided to work through facetime sessions as well as back and forth trips to put together a dozen songs that they stripped down to 4, making their latest collaborative EP titled Nomads Land.
Azlo's gloomy, experimental and lush production created pockets for Elliston's buttery falsettos, and you get an amalgalm of new-wave r&b that you will play on repeat for days on end.
The 4-track EP, premiered below before it hits the streaming platforms will take you places and strike a chord (or two) playing with your emotions as you vibe out to it.
When asked, Elliston describes it this way:
Every song tells a different story over a different atmosphere of sounds and moods. 'Hotel Room' sounds like an intro as it creeps into the main structure. 'All That' was a more fun upbeat song that actually includes a auto-tuned rap verse with a french lyric but still that catchy, hitting falsetto hook. 'Move' evolved from so many different versions into a hook with synths that almost resemble electric guitars giving it a Rock feel. 'Don't Mind' was the only beat that wasn't made from scratch on the EP. I heard it on Azlo's Soundcloud and knew it had the cold, Toronto winter R&B sound that this EP needed to close off
He continues to explain:
Working with Azlo was a totally new experience for me. I've worked with a producer before named AODAN who would be involved in helping narrow down melodies for specific parts. Azlo takes it even further and will take random vocal chops to fit as adlibs, or change his mind and take a section or chords from one instrumental and in the same project file just bring to life a whole other idea, then you're like damn which path do we choose? it's all so good you want to use everything. The most important part of the process for me was having him narrow down the melodies and come up with better ones too to suit certain parts. As a singer/songwriter I often do demo runs and come up with so many melodies and just want to use them all but this man hears how certain phrasing and notes combine with the drums and other elements i'm not used to considering
The two aren't a duo, but have many more songs dropping this year they say.
Azlo's upcoming debut EP is set to release spring 2019.
Be sure to keep an eye on what these two have planned for the rest of the year, and stream Nomads Land below: