Tropicali drum beats, jazzy bass lines, jangly guitars and Jane Penny's effortlessly soft vocals. This was my first introduction to Montreal band, TOPS upon hearing "Way to be Loved".
The Canadian quartet are equal ratio of male to female; perhaps lending to the success of their well-balanced and comforting sound. After spending the past 12 months couped up in a warehouse, their passion project was carefully crafted into a 12-song work of art called Picture You Staring. They have complete creative control of their art, as everything is done in house. TOPS engineer, produce and create their videos with the help of fellow artists; the only hands who touch their work are their own or those of their close friends. The execution is a warm and encompassing masterpiece of love in the form of music.
Hiding from the world to pour your heart and soul into whatever your passion may be, now that's something we have profound respect for, and know all too well.
Picture You Staring will be released on September 2nd via Arbutus Records.