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Thin Gaze

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo R&B Electro

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Thin Gaze is a vulture turned loft-party crooner. He’s got a voice that will haunt you like a hangover. His debut cassette is a collection of crooked lullabies for sleepless nights. Dark songs built on electronic soundbeds and unstable samples that move like smoke. While Gilles Vigneault’s country was winter, Thin Gaze’s domain is a back alley in the rain-slicked downtown east-side. It’s time to get acquainted with the first member of a whole new rat pack. - Weird Canada


The bench at the zoo. A shoeless, collapsing, sideways-lipped 20 something. She sat. She crumpled a blank white sheet of paper in her over-used coat pocket. The pigeon by my foot and the tiger caged nearly 20 feet away both spoke at the same time. Their interruptions of one another reminded me of how awkward it would be if I talked to her, sitting next to me, interrupting like strangers always do. She wasn’t distracted by it, or otherwise didn’t hear. Then a man, who was probably a grandfather, belittled in a dark jumpsuit scooped the innocuous wrapper crumpled by her stiletto. A jogger, in an outfit I would estimate to be as expensive as the shoeless bench-dwellers livelihood in whole, jogged by. But the trash man stepped to the side as she jogged by. Their feet, five feet from mine, 2 feet from hers, danced like awkward interrupting strangers. There was a faint but smothering smell of skunk, or marijuana, or cut grass. I decided it wasn’t cut grass because the zoo, the bench, the night was in a unfortunately beggarly neighborhood. I decided it wasn’t a skunk because the conclusion of a skunk would have been a boring conclusion. Therefore, it was the shoeless, collapsing, sideways-lipped woman, it must have been. I asked her if she had. She pulled a twisted envelope from her poorly packed coat pocket. She looked at my shoes. She must have decided I was well to do, because they were cleaner than hers, and because she then opened the envelope and revealed a slightly bent, slightly underwhelming, somewhat comforting, and especially skinny joint. I pulled a lighter from my pocket (which consisted of my wallet and my lighter). She grabbed it before I gave it. She inhaled and coughed before she inhaled. She kept coughing. I didn’t know if I was to tap her back like some child. Thankfully I didn’t have to. She passed me the joint as she continued coughing. I inhaled, and I really inhaled, and I didn’t cough, and I didn’t judge her for doing the same thing I was doing as I expected myself to. Neither of us were high. Or maybe she was, I couldn’t tell. But we sat on the bench for the rest of the night, no stumbling, interrupting, awkward stranger conversation. We didn’t speak. We listened to the animals talk. Or at least I did. And I wondered if she thought of me as a friend.
- verb/re/verb


Sept. 11, 2012 by Richard MacFarlane

Montreal-based (via Vancouver and Beijing) lounge-noir producer Thin Gaze played on our rooftop a month or so back, and while that was a pretty stressful affair (noise complaints, near falls, roof saggage etc.), his low-lit experimental pop definitely soothed the situation. Quietly deconstructing traditional Leonard Cohen-esque brooders with a penchant for the dark R&B vibes (and chopped/screwed signifiers) of Omarion, tracks like "Geisty" have a heavily filmic quality. All those manipulated vocals and looped guitars give a strange interplay and road weary haze throughout the tape. (via Rose Quartz)

Thin Gaze's 7-track cassette is out on Vancouver label Student Loan Records. Catch him at Pop Montreal in a couple weeks, too. - Ad Hoc


Discography

  • "Strayed" - EP, 7", LebensStrasse Records (2013) 
  • "___" - EP, Cassette, Student Loan Records / Green Burrito Tapes (2012)

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Thin Gaze is a neo-noir lounge act based out of Vancouver and Beijing.

Issuing from this transnational pedigree is a sound that speaks to the nocturnal lives of dreamers in dirty cities the world over. Beats like memories of the club, words that drift out of the subconscious into the din of early morning traffic - haunted, hounded, but resolutely hopeful.  

Informed by minimal tendencies in trip-hop and r&b as much as cinematic scores and sound design, Thin Gaze is a memorial to months spent amongst the vice of Hong Kong's claustrophobic alleys, the "Enter the Void" fringe culture of expats in crumbling old Beijing, and years in the Lynchian tableau of East Vancouver's industrial wastes. 


Tour History:

During its 2 year life-span, Thin Gaze has played alongside internationally touring acts like Holy Fuck, Evy Jane, and Mykki Blanco. Festival appearances include: Music Waste 2012, Pop Montreal 2012, Beijing Design Week 2013, and the 2013 Beijing Electronic Music Encounter (BEME) at MoMA Beijing. 

Thin Gaze was also commissioned to write a 20 minute piece for Slow FM, a 12-hour Pirate Radio project in Philadelphia broadcast on September 24, 2013, co-organized by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage: New Spaces / New Formats.



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