Tio is yet another artist from the thriving Toronto electronic music scene; musically a kindred spirit to TR/ST, but with a sound and vision that goes to more esoteric places – both lyrically and sonically.
With a sound that sits somewhere between coldwave and dark ambient, Dirt creates a sense of trippy dislocation as its lyrics unspool in waves of emotional absence. That sense of detachment is amplified by the accompanying video, seemingly a collage of infomercials and found clips from access TV leading both the track and visuals to engender a sense of heightened unreality.
Tio says Dirt and its video are inextricably inter-linked: ‘The lyrics for the song helped to inform some of the imagery and themes in the video. The lyrics were written via a stream of consciousness and were intended to emphasize the variability and unpredictability of the unconscious mind; the part of the mind that we tend to inhabit when we’re tuned out (or even tuned in)’.