Southern Shores are one of Cascine's earliest acts, having helped define the label's windswept aesthetic with two acclaimed releases – the Atlantic EP in 2011, and the New World EP in 2012.
After taking several years to themselves, Toronto's summer heroes return with Loja, their debut long player. Loja is a reflection on travel and its ability to unlock a larger worldview. Now more than ever, an equally expansive and inclusive vantage point is crucial. The music of Southern Shores has always pulled from a global, but deliberately unspecific, set of reference points – rhythmic music that speaks to producers Jamie and Ben at an intuitive level.
Loja also represents a focus on what’s natural, a stripping away of everything nonessential to allow the best ideas to develop themselves. This approach is made clear in their creative process about which they share, “producing electronic music, there’s often a danger of being sucked in by the possibilities of our technology – but it's an empty promise in the end. More equipment, more effects, more gadgetry never makes our music better. We started down this dangerous road without realizing it and had to consciously pull ourselves back into the realm of the real. An idea must speak to us from the beginning – it needs to have soul and a voice of its own.”
Loja takes the best of what the Shores have always done well and imbues it with even more finesse and maturity. Focus tracks “Palo Alto” and “Riders” showcase the album’s subtle confidence – above a lush bed of live and electronic percussion drift occasional vocal samples, well-placed horns and piano keys. Initially, the album was going to be released as one long-running track, but at the last minute it was re-sequenced to allow the songs space to shine on their own. The end result is a record that sidesteps grand statements to deliver a listen that’s gentle and transportive.
Loja is set for release September 2 on Southern Shores' longtime label home, Cascine.