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Perhaps the most unique and exciting entry on this year’s Short List is Yamantaka//Sonic Titan‘s YT//ST. A Toronto/Montreal art collective founded in 2007 by artists Alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood; their sound is a mixture of various Asian and First Nations aesthetics.
Though only 7 tracks long, YT//ST is expansive. Airy, reverberant and spread out, the result is a dreamy, fantastical soundscape. Conventional rock instrumentation is melded with electronics, and haunting, multilingual choral voices to create epic symphonies.
You might call Yamantaka//Sonic Titan this year’s Austra. Like Austra (who, to my dismay did not win in 2011), these girls deserve the prize based on pure artistic courage and innovation alone. Afterall, Polaris is one of the few awards that celebrates those who think outside the box.
The winner will be chosen at the Polaris Gala on September 24th in Toronto. Catch the live webcast on Muchmusic.com
Posted on September 23, 2012, in Album Reviews, Sound Bites and tagged Alaska B, Austra, Much Music, Polaris Music Prize, Ruby Kato Attwood, YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN, YT//ST. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.