Renowned electronic and downtempo mastermind Tor arrives with his first album in four years, Oasis Sky. Mastering a unique brand of pulsating electronica, Oasis Sky traverses through ambient soundscapes, highlighting manipulated vocal chops and moody chords with hints of breakbeats and organic percussion strewn throughout. Oasis Sky is available to stream in full on all platforms now.
While Oasis Sky lies primarily in the downtempo realm, Tor draws from an eclectic soundbank to give his LP a diverse tonality. Whether he finds inspiration in Finnish folk hymns, spiritual jazz, prog rock, or ‘60s Rwandan field recordings, Tor’s strength lies in his aptitude to seamlessly blend any samples into his sonic world. The Vancouver-based producer gave fans a taste of the record with four distinct singles, starting off with the enigmatic ‘Foxglove’. The lead single opens with tranquil instrumentalization but soon works with breakbeat rhythms to provide a pensive flair. Following singles ‘Riverline’, ‘Lens’, and ‘Eleuthera’ open on a similar launchpad with atmospheric elements taking center stage, but each develops in their own unique way thanks to the organic percussion that sets the tracks’ backbones.
Oasis Sky’s lead track ‘City 66’ opens the record with a bang by utilizing some of the most interesting drumwork on the album. After beginning with innocuous synths, ‘City 66’ draws on a drum pattern reminiscent of a jazz drummer’s technique, crafting a fascinating contrast of modern and classic sounds. Vocal samples capture attention in ‘Inkeri’ and ‘Kanta,’ two tracks that highlight Tor’s knack for fitting a sample into his robust soundscapes naturally and authentically. Oasis Sky moves forward into ‘Lightraker,’ a swirling affair that deploys Tor’s full skillset, meshing sweeping strings and synths with choruses and a light breakbeat. While staying consistent with its predecessors, ‘Red Tide’ imposes a portentous tone on the record, providing a powerful juxtaposition to some of the lighter productions. Before closing, Oasis Sky makes time to dabble in new sounds with the chilled-out Afro-house/downtempo crossover ‘Crossing’. Throughout the LP, Tor manages to maintain a steady timbre through the record thanks to the congruous production choices, all the while keeping the experience highly compelling through deft percussion choices and a masterful command of the album’s flow.
‘This album is a culmination of the last few years of my life, and is a reflection on my sense of home. A big part of the process came from slowing down, removing distractions and allowing space for the music, which was made possible after settling into a new home. It’s a highrise apartment, looking out over rooftops, trees, and mountains. It’s filled with plants and flowers, and to me, it feels like an Oasis in the Sky.’ – TOR
Across the last decade, Tor has been revealing his own unique signature take on electronic music to much critical acclaim. His debut 10-track album Drum Therapy was released in 2012 and was quickly followed up with his sophomore album Blue Book four short years later. Both would go on to receive over 20 million combined streams across all platforms to-date, a highly impressive feat. Over time, the producer has also graced the decks of some of the world’s most renowned events and venues, such as Electric Forest, Lightning in a Bottle, and the Do-Lab stage at Coachella. Additionally, Tor has been sought out by some of the world’s finest musicians for official remixes, including the likes of RÜFÜS DU SOL, ODESZA, CloZee, and Frameworks. With live performances taking a halt, TOR took part in a virtual 2-hour charity live-stream performance via his Twitch channel last July in which all proceeds were donated to Black Lives Matter Vancouver. Alongside his stunning new record, Tor has treated fans to a new iteration of his renowned mix series, ‘Origins’ which can be streamed below, and features cuts from Jon Hopkins, Bicep, O’Flynn & more.