They Are the Shield

by Toby Driver

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/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ Toby Driver's mastery and skill in music is unmatched and deserves a whole lot of recognition. On "They Are The Shield", he takes on a progressive tone with stretched-out pieces that blend violins and synths together to create an odd and cathartic tone as Toby sings in a dreamy and subtle manner. Beautiful LP. Favorite track: 470 Nanometers.
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whatisthis8175 Don't let those tags fool you, this is neither death nor black metal.

That being said, this is a very peaceful, very beautiful, very syncopated trip with some violins and Toby's sweet vocals carrying me home.
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Kyotofu There's just something with this music that cannot be explained. Never before have I felt like I needed to understand an album this much. The instruments, mixing a bit of electronic with splendid violins, a sweet guitar, and the tremendous voice of Toby, are out of this world, and I can just feel myself being lifted into the air when I listen to this gorgeous piece of music. The notes and melodies work so well together on every track, but 470 Nanometers is just the most soothing to me. Favorite track: 470 Nanometers.
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Toby Driver - guitar, keys, voice
Brian Chase - drums
Conrad Harris - violin
Pauline Kim Harris - violin
Kelly Moran - piano
Bridget Bellavia - voice on "Scaffold of Digital Snow"

All music and lyrics by Toby Driver.
Produced by Toby Driver.
Photos by Casey Mathewson.

Recorded and mixed by Marc Urselli at EastSide Sound, New York, NY., January 2018.
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios, New York, NY.


released September 21, 2018


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