Riding mass transit is at the same time a very social and a very individual experience. Some riders retreat into themselves; read, stare blankly, listen to music. Others become an audience, watching the many little stories that unfold in the brief glimpses we get into others’ lives while riding the subway.
“Underground”, the second album from Toronto-based electronica artist A.M., is the soundtrack to this unique experience.
To create this album, A.M. spent hours upon hours in Toronto’s subway system, recording the everyday ambient noise, fleeting conversations, and general hectic happenings that define life underground in a big city. Soundbites from these recordings were then thrown into the mix of samples and live instruments that have become the signature of A.M.’s music. The result is an album that reflects the personality of the subway system itself: at times hypnotic, at times frantic, at times meditative; equal parts human and surreal.
Pay the fare and enjoy the ride.