Hailed as one of "Toronto's Breakout acts of 2013" by The Grid TO and one of the "Top Ten Toronto Albums of 2012" by the Torontoist, indie songsmith Art Imperial returns with his 3rd album 'Crush'. Where previous releases were influenced by surf rock and 50s/60s doo wop and R&B, Art Imperial experiments with dream pop and chillwave tropes in 'Crush'; exploiting more ambient, analog-synth textures while retaining his trademark melodic hooks and lush harmonies.
This release completes what Art envisioned as the "Cycles of Love" trilogy. The first release ('Surf Suburban EP'), punchy and upbeat, embodied the comedy of full-blown, joyous love. The second ('Cult of Love'), drenched in reverb and heartbreak, exposed love as an inevitable tragedy. And the third, aptly titled 'Crush', explores the tensions around desire and attraction in the uncertain act of falling in love.
Preview the video for the single 'Don't You Wanna Go Out?':
released 11 November 2013
All songs written, performed and recorded by Arthur C. Imperial
with the exception of Track 3, lyrics written by George Lewis Jr.
Special thanks to Michael Imperial & Sune Sandbeck for their musical support.