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Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Electronic Pop




"Toronto’s KILMANJARO evoke intrigue from the off with the incredible “14”"

By describing themselves as "sacred jungle", "floating dream" and "spirit temple", Toronto quartet KILMANJARO arouse immediate curiosity.

Their most recent song, "14", does actually float like a dream, leaving you gazing for what seems like hours whilst the track's bouncing bubble beats bring your limbs into a sacred trance.

Consisting of bandmates Kaan Gunesberk, Ian Culley, Ryan Macdonald, Luke Graves - all musicians from an "emerging scene in Toronto and Berlin" (NYK Records) - KILMANJARO remind one of early Mount Kimbie demos but with a more modest swagger.

Layered vocals and well harnessed electronics place you on a high that you feel will only come alive when it's dark out. Their nocturnal tendencies are complemented by the idea of pairing them with a pill and an all night TV static.

Ryan Macdonald from the group explains the tracks origins: '“14” is about the struggle with anxiety and self doubt as well as the pains of letting someone go. The first half is asking yourself the question, and the second half is finding the answer..."

Taken from KILMANJARO's upcoming debut LP, "14" would fit perfectly in indie movies galore (say Garden State or something of a similar ilk).

It also wouldn't look out of place with a late night slot at Latitude Festival. If you close your eyes, you can already see girls with glitter encompassed eyes glistening in the festival lights, their hands making shapes neither of you can explain.

Listen to "14" below, it's our Song Of The Day. - The Line of Best Fit

"Koncertni utrinek: BADBADNOTGOOD + Kilmanjaro + Žiga Murko"

Tokratna INDEKŠ lekcija se je začela z umirjeno jazzy elektroniko, ki jo je vrtel Žiga Murko, ki je dodal komadom še žive zvoke pozavne. Uspešno je ogrel publiko za drugo predskupino, Kilmanjaro. Mladeniči iz Toronta so sproducirali sanjsko elektroniko in se na odru popolnoma vživeli v svoje komade. Tudi poslušalci so kmalu padli v mehke vokale in elektronske zvoke ter plesali na njihovo glasbo.

Seveda pa se je Katedrala Kina Šiška dokončno napolnila šele, ko je na oder prišel glavni bend večera. Badbadnotgood – na papirju džezovski trio in improvizatorji, po duši pa ljubitelji hip hop in elektronskih bitov. BBNG so od prvega tona nabili vzdušje v dvorani in ga do konca koncerta samo povečevali. Z osebnim pristopom so Matthew Tavares na klaviaturah, Chester Hansen na basu in Alexander Sowinski na bobnih prepričali publiko, da je plesala, skakala in norela. Hkrati so pokazali, da izjemni glasbeniki, ki svoje inštrumente obvladajo do popolnosti. Z noro improvizacijo, hitrimi in natančnimi bas linijami, nekoliko razbijaškimi bobni in džez klavirskimi solažami so dali od sebe čisto vse, ljudi pa prepričali, da je bil obisk koncerta odločitev, ki je ne bodo obžalovali. - Radio Terminal

"The Matinee January 28th Edition"

Not too much is known about Toronto-based, electronic producer KILMANJARO, other than that he’s creating some really innovative and expansive music. His style isn’t the electronic that we’ve become accustomed to hearing. So instead of channeling Calvin Harris or SKRILLEX, he’s looked towards a source that may surprise you – Radiohead. His latest single, “14”, personifies the experimental electronic of Radiohead’s King of Limbs and even as early as OK Computer and Amnesiac. “14” is a terrific, mind-bending trip. - The Revue


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Kilmanjaro is a unique and emerging four-piece electronic band from Toronto. The band's live show is quickly gaining reputation for its use of two drummers (Luke Graves and Ryan Macdonald) who both play half-acoustic, half-electronic kits. This past June, they performed at Field Trip festival and were recently added to Red Bull Sound Select's artist roster. In April of this year the band’s third single, 14, was named song of the day by popular UK blog Line of Best Fit.

The music's dense drum layering and warped sound effects take influence from early UK Dubstep (James Blake, Burial) and Dance. Writers Kaan Gunesberk and Ian Culley present those sounds through linear song structures and simple, dreamy vocal melodies.

Their debut LP A Place Unknown To All You Ever Say is set for release on January 20th, 2017 followed by tour dates in Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal and a music video. 

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