For a long time it felt like Montreal had the monopoly on emerging Canadian indie acts, leaving Toronto to focus on established stars or to back new blood with huge commercial potential. Now there’s a brace of hyped, Toronto-based talent bucking that trend.
Following the successes of Polaris Prize-nominees BadBadNotGood, Grammy-approved R&B man Daniel Caesar and acclaimed soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson, Seth Nyquist is the latest young artist from the city to enjoy widespread acclaim without making concessions to his expansive creative vision. His output as MorMor boasts an effortlessly breezy beauty, ebbing and flowing between dreamy soul, warm indie-pop and lo-fi disco, and foregrounding vocals that extend from bruised Sprechgesang to a truly angelic falsetto.
Breakout track ‘Heaven’s Only Wishful’ offers a particularly fine showcase of the latter, featuring his silken tones dancing over muted synths and loose strumming. April’s follow-up single, ‘Whatever Comes To Mind’, is arguably even stronger, underpinned by gossamer-like guitar chords and celestial synth washes. Much like the work of Rex Orange County – with whom he shares management – Nyquist’s songs are the ideal soundtrack to balmy summer days, making the recent release of his debut EP ideally-timed.