The Hylozoists
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The Hylozoists


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"Magnificent... their widescreen cinematic sound was just stunning. A welcome punctuation of orchestrated calm and beauty in a sea of guitar rock." - Chromewaves

"I Heart Music"

"On a superficial level, it's easy to compare The Hylozoists to Bell Orchestre. Both bands share members with other, much more well-known bands, and both bands specialize in quasi-classical instrumental pop that doesn't rely on distortion ... unlike Bell Orchestre, whose debut created post-rock soundscapes that conjured up vivid visions of Montreal without using any words, The Hylozoists create music that's not quite of this world. They make dreamy, ethereal pop that just happens to (usually) not have any vocals; in this respect, their music is much closer to acts like Air or, to a lesser extent, Stereolab." - I Heart Music

"Georgia Straight"

"A schizophrenic journey through mariachi-meets-Tortoise-style instrumentals that owe as much to Sergio Leone as they do to Air ... music made to accompany the little pleasures in life, be they headphones or dinner parties, elegant martinis or whiskey on the rocks" - Georgia Straight


"If you find it hard to believe that a vibraphone can rock, you haven't seen Paul Aucoin ... Then again, it's only part of the Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist and producer's arsenal ... whether the situation calls for adding an unorthodox instrument like Theremin, arranging a string part, contributing some engineering skills ... He has done some or all of these for artists like the Sadies, Cuff the Duke, the Heavy Blinkers, and the Deadly Snakes, to the point where he has become arguably the most diverse and enthusiastic multitasker in the Canadian music business. All on top of Aucoin's own band, the Hylozoists, a nine-piece instrumental outfit powered not only by his vibraphone, but two others." - Exclaim!


L'ile de Sept Villes, Feb. 3, 2009
Le Fin Du Monde, 2006
La Nouvelle Gauche, 2002



Led by the wildly creative vibraphonist-composer-arranger-engineer-producer Paul Aucoin, The Hylozoists combine indie rock and cinematic composition in a unique sonic experience.

Recorded in a seaside studio in Nova Scotia, The Hylozoists’ extraordinary 2001 debut La Nouvelle Gauche introduced “a universe that fuses Stack-o-Trax-era Beach Boys and later-period Stereolab with Calexico and even Frank Zappa's Hot Rats.” (

In 2004, Composer/band leader Paul Aucoin relocated to Toronto to continue a burgeoning producing career with the who’s who of alt-Canadian music (e.g. Holy Fuck, the Golden Dogs, Laura Barrett); and in 2006, The Hylozoists released the gorgeous and expansive follow-up La Fin Du Monde (Boompa! Records). With this “sweeping, pulsating collection of songs”, The Hylozoists produced “a stunning testament to the musical scope of Canada’s indie rock community.” (Exclaim Magazine)

In 2008, the Hylozoists signed to Outside Music for their long-anticipated third album. L’ile de Sept Villes, produced with Jeff McMurrich (The Constantines, Sandro Perri, The Hidden Cameras), will be released in September 2008 and includes Paul Aucoin on vibraphone, Randy Lee on violin, Christopher Sandes on organ & piano, François Turenne on guitar, Matt McLaren on bass, Greg Millson on drums, and the occasional huge string section.