A talk with Jane Penny, TOPS’s vocalist, at her home back in Montreal
You might remember Simon Frank’s piece on the Taipei scene that we posted about a year ago. Last week, he emailed us to present his latest project. We are very excited to give you the heads up on Love Theme, the Canadian-yet-internationally-dispersed trio of Alex Zhang-Hungtai (Last Lizard, formerly Dirty Beaches), Austin Milne, and Simon (yay!). With Alex and Austin on the saxes and Simon on a drum machine, Love Theme combines spiritual free jazz, eerie ambiance, and industrial rhythms. Kinda perfect for the relaxation phase closing off your yoga sessions.
They are about to embark on a tour through Europe (with stopovers at Le Guess Who and Sonic City!) in support of their self-titled debut album on London’s Alter Records. Both the record and the band’s live set follow a narrative arc of love lost and insight gained, while also confronting a sense of displacement informed by the band members’ varied backgrounds living between spaces and cultures. Immerse yourself with the following full-set live recording from their North American tour (credits: Jah Nny).