Written, recorded and mixed in 8 days, Only Up is the second Breeze album by producer and artist Josh Korody (NAILBITER, BELIEFS). Enlisting a whirlwind of performances from Tess Parks, Cadence Weapon and an array of the Toronto music scene, including members of Orville Peck, Tallies, Vallens, Zoon, Sauna, Fake Palms, Rapport, Praises, Civic TV, Moon King, Blonde Elvis, For Jane, Ducks Ltd, TOPS and Broken Social Scene, Only Up sees Korody digging through and channelling three decades of anthemic British bands. From the angular guitars of late 70’s post-punk (Gang Of Four, Wire), to the lush gloom of 80’s electro-pop (Tears for Fears, OMD), with the dance floor psychedelia of the Manchester sound (Primal Scream, Happy Mondays), and through the late ’90s and early 2000s post-punk / new wave revivalists, Only Up celebrates it’s sound cathartically.
“The one thing we Canadian artists struggle with the most is identity. Many of us are so heavily influenced by music from the UK, it’s ingrained in us. I went into the studio without any specific intention. What I came out with was a mashup of the music that I’ve grown up with and loved, and still love.”
When originally asked to make this album for indie label Hand Drawn Dracula, Korody and his long time friend and music collaborator Kyle Connolly (Orville Peck, The Seams, Wish) quickly threw down ideas in a session, however with Connolly embarking on a world tour, and with Korody’s demanding schedule at his Candle Recording Studio, the project sat unattended. But by the time of the album’s delivery deadline, Korody not only orchestrated a creative ensemble of friends and collaborators, he wrote, recorded and mixed the entirety of the album in two weeks without a single regret or compromise.
“It was the best way I could have done it. A strict deadline to make decisions, move on and focus on things that matter the most. I was writing, recording, arranging and mixing at the same time, all while people were sending overdub ideas. Every decision was made in that headspace. The ease of technology to endlessly tweak with, it sometimes can actually be a problem for artists who end up destroying their records until there is no soul in it, no happy accidents and it’s completely sterile. You can have a well produced record without going down that dark rabbit hole.”
The only rabbit hole Korody found himself on was early in the process with the track “Don’t Cry.” “It was my one emotional track. It was the second song I made and it kept getting overdubs and new arrangements. The song is about my best friend who deservingly got himself cancelled, how badly he handled it, and how much it effected our scene,” Korody explains. However the rest of the album flowed together quickly and off the cusp with Korody at the helm. Delivering sharp lyrics directly to the experience of being an independent artist, musician and entrepreneur in an increasingly gentrified city. On “Let It In”, Korody sings “usually the first idea’s the best” essentially summing up Only Up‘s recording process and adds the bleak but cheeky line “You hope for La La Land, but all you see is Dufferin,” poking fun at himself and peers who mostly live and work within the Dufferin area of Toronto’ west end.
Recorded by Josh Korody at Candle Recording Studio, Toronto Feb 2021 and mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel. Hand Drawn Dracula is pleased to release Only Up worldwide August 26th, 2021.
“frenetically fun album – energetic and eclectic” – SONG OF THE DAY / KEXP
“A rising electro-psych artist makes a bold new impression… if you survived the voyage, you’ll be pressing repeat immediately” – CLASH
“Fred Perry Q&A / Subculture Profile” – FRED PERRY UK
“a fun, referential mix that celebrates the idealized hedonism of his favorite records” – PITCHFORK
“Only Up is a playful mix of shoegaze, Britpop, and disco” – NEW & NOTABLE / DAILY BANDCAMP
“an intriguing ambience that meshes disco with post-punk” – STEREOGUM
“a reimagination of Manchester’s swirling ’90s peak, while at the same time feeling futuristic and unfamiliar” – ALL MUSIC
“vital, recreational, stimulating – Breeze Unites Toronto’s Shattered Music Scene on Only Up” – EXCLAIM
“New Music Reviews / a colorful, rhythm-driven sound” – KEXP
“Whooosh! w/ Simon Le Bon & Katty Krasner on SiriusXM” – WHOOOSH!
“Ones To Watch” Week of July 26th, 2021 SiriusXM – THE VERGE
“Come Around (feat Cadence Weapon)” July 24th, 2021 – BIG CITY SMALL WORLD
“Come Around (feat Cadence Weapon)” radio premiere June 27th, 2021 – THE STROMBO SHOW
“15 August Albums You Need To Know About” – ET CANADA
“Josh Korody and Oliver Ackermann (A Place to Bury Strangers) dive deep on their recording processes, the new Breeze record, and more” – TALKHOUSE
“This Month’s Essential New Releases / ONLY UP – envisions a technicolour future” – EXCLAIM
HDD091 · RELEASE DATE: August 26, 2021
Written, recorded, mixed by Josh Korody at Candle Recording Studio, Toronto February 2021. All lyrics by Josh Korody, except the 2nd verse of “Don’t Cry” written by James Kearns. Additional engineering by Dylan Frankland. Additional vocal engineering by Ben Foran. Mastered By Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel. Photo collage by Jayme Keith. Artwork and package design by James Mejia.
Cadence Weapon raps on “Come Around”
Tess Parks vocals on “Only Up”
Kyle Connolly bass, guitar, keyboards, vocal layers
Josh Korody vocals, drums, synth/keyboard, perc, guitar
Additional appearances by:
Dylan Frankland guitar leads on “Hard Boiled Wonderland” ”Bummer” & “Ecstasy on Keele Street”
Lowell Sostomi synth lead on “Ecstasy on Keele Street”, guitar on “Bummer”, mellotron and organ on “Only Up”, back up vocals on “Hard Boiled Wonderland”
Michael le Riche extra guitar, vocals and synth on “Our Scene”, synths and whirly on “Bummer” as well as back up vocals on “Only Up” & “Hard Boiled Wonderland”
Jesse Crowe vocals on “Our Scene” “Let It In” “Only Up”
Julia Whittmann vocals “Only Up” “Our Scene” “Let It In”
Samborghini Goldberg Jr. guitars on “Only Up”
Robyn Phillips vocals on “Let it In” “Only Up”
Patrick Marshall rips a guitar solo on “Bummer”
Daniel Monkman guitars on “Come Around”
Evan Lewis guitar line on “Don’t Cry”
James Kearns sings on “Our Scene”
Maddy Wilde vocals on “Let It In”
Daniel Benjamin vocals on “Let It In”
Marta Cikojevic voice on “Ecstasy on Keele Street”
Ivy Lovell calls me on “Ecstasy on Keele Street”
2. JFK MSTRKRFT
3. Prince Josh
4. A Place To Bury Strangers
6. Korea Town Acid
HDD094 · RELEASE DATE: September 23, 2021
1. Ecstasy On Keele Street
2. Ecstasy On Keele Street (JFK MSTRKFT Mix)
3. Come Around (Prince Josh – Low Tide Mix)
4. Ecstasy On Keele Street (A Place To Bury Strangers Mix)
5. Ecstasy On Keele Street (We Turned To Red Mix)
6. Hard Boiled Wonderland (Korea Town Acid Mix)
7. Ecstasy On Keele Street (Instrumental)
8. Ecstasy On Keele Street (Zoon Mix)
Songs from Breeze ONLY UP re-imagined by A Place To Bury Strangers, JFK MSTRKRFT, Korea Town Acid, Prince Josh, WeTurnToRed, and Zoon. Mastered by Jesse F. Keeler. Artwork by James Mejia.
HDD063 · RELEASE DATE: December 29, 2017
“NEW & NOTABLE – Delightful, freewheeling noise pop where clouds of guitar encircle heavenly, far off vocals” – DAILY BANDCAMP
“Get carried away by the propulsive bass line and shimmering guitars” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“Low-key, Cure-influenced Dream Pop from members of Dusted, Gold & Youth and Hot Hot Heat” – SILENT SHOUT
“Breeze’s dreamy debut cassingle is a siren song from rose-tinted utopia. Running, or dancing, it inspires oscillatory movement, limbs pumping with ecstatic strokes, and a meter that reverberates throughout” – WEIRD CANADA
“extra jangly, à la Real Estate” – EXCLAIM!
Recorded by Leon Taheny at Candle Recording.
Mixed by Josh & Kyle 2012-2013.
Produced by Josh Korody.
Written by Josh Korody, Kyle Connolly, Shawn Dell
Songs-Lyrics Written by Josh Korody,
except “strange waves” by Kyle Connolly
Josh Korody – Vocals, Guitars
Kyle Connolly – Lead Guitar, Bass, Vocals on “Strange Waves”
Shawn Dell – Drums, Keyboards
Robyn Phillips sings on “Dorothy Vallens”
Kristina Koskinen plays flute on “Pillow”
Photo by Josh Korody
Design by James Mejia