Surf Suburban EP

by Art Imperial

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'Whem I'm With You (I Feel Dumb)' Music Video: youtu.be/keEta_sCHIg

Art Imperial has never surfed in real life. The waves he chases are those crashing on the shores of his dreams. There is no stretch of sand in the suburbs to lay, no body of water to immerse the soul, no glittering reflections of an orange sunset over a crystal blue blanket. The Surf Suburban EP is a dream: a sonorous expression of the sea’s seduction. It overflows with the raw energies of the sun, the sand the surf; the forces that cleanse and renew. The purpose: to incite and affirm the undying pulse of life that ecstatically attacks the senses, transporting us to worlds not normally felt and experienced. Art Imperial has never surfed in real life, but everyday he chases those waves.

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From the US/CAN:

ART IMPERIAL is MY ep of the summer and it should be CRYSTAL clear why...It’s as if Best Coast and Wavves stopped toking long enough to actually get on a surfboard and then rode that board into the 60s. But instead of a surfboard it was a guitar.
– The Burning Ear

Surf Suburban EP... is a phenomenal showcase of an artist with natural pop smarts and a wonderful knack for guitar-based melodies
– Obscure Sound

What Imperial does best is manage conviction with finesse, crooning with a certain cut of attitude ...Imperial produces an enjoyable mix of surf pop and rock that, much like the beach, can be both refreshing and cathartic. It's a sound that can wash away the gray and pick you up off the floor.
– Mixtape Muse

Frenetic guitars, shimmering vocals and all the reverb and distortion you could ever want. This is one fantastic lo fi “surf-pop” collection with songs that will consistently be stuck in your head, you will certainly enjoy this, I most definitely did.
– Music Savage

If you are planning on heading to the beach anytime in the near future, you may want to add Toronto surf-rock inspired musician Art Imperial's new EP Surf Suburban to your collection to set the mood.
– Off The Radar

a one-man surf rock afficianado who jangles and jaunts and twists his away across the surf rock landscape like a pro
– Fuzzy Logic

...six summery songs that are sprinkled with the finest surf-pop magic dust.
– Never Say Wolf

If you like the summery wall of sound that's gotten so popular over the last two years, then you will just love Surf Suburban...perfect for sitting on the dock with a beer.
– Snob’s Music

[T]he non-stop pulse of standout The Inbetweener is the perfect accompaniment to yet-to-be-enjoyed high energy summer nights.
– This Music Doesn’t Suck

Suburban Surf is chock full of hazy little summer jams with a bit of sway to them. It’s almost like bedroom pop, if your bedroom just happened to be a little hut in some remote beach area.
– Austin Town Hall


International Acclaim:

Surf Suburban is six songs of pure pop heaven, heavy on chords that will grab you instantly and drenched in deep echoes of reverb.
– Indie30 (Australia)

there is a genuine thematic zeal underpinning these six tracks (plus a surprisingly crystalline production) that helps to elevate them above mere mimicry. Dreamy euphoric pop whimsy maybe? Im not sure, but Surf Suburban is doing it for me.
– Sonic Masala (Australia)

Surf Suburban EP...is full of quick witted, unashamed jangly surf-pop that you cant help but become fond of...The EP hits all the right spots and that is all you, the listener, should give two fucks about.
– One For The People (UK)

Exciting, vibrant pop music from Toronto's Art Imperial, with equally brilliant (and brilliantly blatant) nods to Best Coast and surfy influences. This will be on Pitchfork in a few weeks if it isn't already.
– Basement Fever (UK)

Sprawling, and slightly rarefied, this is undemanding summer rock by AI (above), cooked doggone perfectly.
– Some of it was True (London)

Avec un son terriblement 60s, une mélodie hyper euphorisante, un rythme saccadé excitant, une sonorité estivale qui évoque le bord de mer, la plage, le sable et le surf, voici une vraie perle de talent à l'état brut !
– Sonsationnel (France)

Art Imperial levererar på sin 6-spårs EP Surf Suburban snygg produktion, drömska scenarier, catchy popmusik och härliga surfmelodier utan att bli ett plagiat på Beach Boys.
- Telefonfobi (Sweden)

Art Imperial från Toronto skapar lo-fi surfpop med frenetiska gitarrer och skimrande sång med mycket reverb.
– ACE (Sweden)

Se Best Coast e Wavves, e seus respectivos impérios de gatos e ervas, são a perfeita definição de verão pra você, conheça agora sua nova banda favorita, ou melhor, seu novo artista favorito.
– OHMYROCK (Brazil)

Reminiscent of The Beach Boys, The Surfaris or The Shadows, Art Imperial's music provides the perfect soundtrack for the coming days of summer. If you ever found yourself wondering what to listen during your summer vacation or what to pick for your beach party, Art Imperial is the answer.
– Against All Odds (Bulgaria)

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released May 14, 2011

All songs written, performed and recorded by ℗ Arthur C. Imperial. Toronto, Canada.

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Track Name: When I'm With You (I Feel Dumb)
There's this feeling I get when I see you
There's this feeling I get that feels so true
Cause when I'm with you I feel dumb

I ain't talking about feeling so very smart
I don't wanna read poems or discuss art
Cause when I'm with you I feel dumb

Oh, when the words are left aside
Oh, for the feelings that...
the feelings we can't hide

Please don't take offense to this my dear
Cause this is the very best feelings one can feel
Cause when I'm with you I feel dumb
Track Name: My Crystal
I was living in a bubble
dreaming of someone as wonderful
as you, my crystal

Oh life with you there are no obstacles
Just sunny days spent licking popsicles
with you, my crystal

My crystal, my crystal, my crystal
OhhhhhhhhhhhOhhhhhhhhhhOh

Before I saw the world in black and white
Now I see the world in colours bright
with you, my crystal

Before a world bittersweet would do
Now everything tastes as beautiful
as you, my crystal

My crystal, my crystal, my crystal
OhhhhhhhhhhhOhhhhhhhhhhOh

I can spend the end of days with you
Laying in a lovely haze in bed with you

My crystal, my crystal, my crystal
OhhhhhhhhhhhOhhhhhhhhhhOh!
Track Name: The Inbetweener
Hey, hey Mr. Narcissus
Death, death is no catharsis
Cause birth, birth is the real end
And life, well it's just time well spent

Fate, he is a dictator
Always, conquering sooner or later
But she, she is a virtuous friend
Miss-fortune never tries to pretend

But I'm right there
Fire, wind, air
The earth is cruel
But the truth is crueler
So says the inbetweener

Hey, you fucking lying mirror
I, I am the inbetweener
of love, that which escapes the pain
of hate, a love that tries to restrain

But I'm right there
Fire, wind, air
The earth is cruel
But the truth is crueler
So says the inbetweener

The sea was so good to me
took care of me eternally

But I'm right there
Fire, wind, air
The earth is cruel
But I am cooler
So says the inbetweener
Track Name: The One You Chose
Take this gift of
bloody lips
and feel the thurst of
sweat and musk

Cause I'm the one you chose
I'm the one you chose to fulfill your needs
Yeah, I'm the one you chose
I'm the one you chose for your lust and greed
Cause I'm the one you chose

Come and take-off
Foolish make-up
Drop the pretense
for the weekend

cause I'm the one you chose...
And if you wanna take it higher
then take this hit, sate your desires
cause I'm the one you chose...
Track Name: Young & Dangerous
We escaped from a police station
Been running from the border guards
Your arms needs no birth-place passport
or citizenship card

Yes you my love, let's get lost
in the world my love
Yes you my love, take a leap
into paradise so very nice

Fled quickly from a concentration camp
Wiped clean the tattoos from our arms
Fucking Nazis with their cold blooded hearts
You kill me with your wits and charms

Yes you my love, let's get lost
in the world my love
Yes you my love, life was meant
for us to take this risk
So young and dangerous
In you I can rely
young and dangerous
when stars and moons collide

Ran away from a sweat-shop factory
Sewing shoes for the white man's feet
Took a train to an untouched beach side
to relax in the third world heat

And when we part from one another
I am convinced there is no other that's so

Young and dangerous
In you I can rely
young and dangerous
when stars and moons collide
Track Name: Bugs Out My Mind
I've been angry
I watch the trees in silence
The forest forgets
The body's violence

Oh what, oh what, does it take
To get the bugs out my mind?

I've been tempted
To drown my senses
But the sea it takes me
Back to shore so safely

Oh what, oh what, does it take
To get the bugs out my mind?
To get the bugs out my mind?
OhOhhhhhhhhhhhhhOhhhhhh