Toronto post-punk/shoegaze duo Ten Kens were a celebrated band in the Canadian underground, releasing three albums via FatCat and Last Gang between 2008 and 2013, and supporting tours for such artists as A Place To Bury Strangers, Surfer Blood, No Age, and Deerhoof. Ten Kens has already spawned one hyped project from its former members: noisy Toronto post-punk explorers Odonis Odonis. Now, Ten Kens’ Dan Workman and Brett Paulin have reinvented themselves in 2015 as OVER.
OVER bears little sonic resemblance to the in-your-face guitars of Ten Kens. Instead, they’re using synthesizers, drum machines, manipulated samples and field recordings, and have submerged their vocals in a dense fog of reverb and delay. The result is hypnotic, psychedelic, electro-shoegaze with an experimental edge, carrying on in the tradition of such artists as Portishead, Liars, and Andy Stott.
OVER’s debut single, Gone Are the Days, is a hypnotic blend of sequenced synths, minimal drum programming, and cascading vocal harmonies. You can take a listen to the track via Soundcloud below.
For more information on OVER, visit facebook.com/over1975.