Doug Penny is a rare combination: a producer, DJ, and violinist. What makes the music of Toronto-based Totemic so unique, though, is not the just the combination of these things, but the way in which he uses each layer to inform the others, crafting balanced moments that are desperate to be heard in a performance setting. This is only amplified by the fact that Totemic plays his violin live while performing his music.
Though the EP, Falling, won’t be released until May 17th, 2016, Totemic has released a free single, entitled “Drow”, which you can listen to above. The track allows the violin to take centre stage for a melancholy and rich sonic landscape that seems to physically shift. Like something rocketing down a highway with the occasional lurch to keep you hooked, the song travels.
As for Falling, the electronic tracks move from almost mythical (“Static Blitz”) to more melodic dance beats (“Falling”). There is a darkness that continues throughout the album, which often uses the violin to create a haunted depth, as on the track “Endless Dream”.
To follow Totemic for updates on a summer tour, follow him on his website, Twitter, and Facebook pages. To hear more unique electronic sounds, head on over to his SoundCloud or Bandcamp page while we await that May 17th release.