For Canadian electronic producer Jesse Somfay, music is high bandwidth communication. Composing both under his given name, and his pseudonym Borealis, Jesse’s primary focus is translating and sharing, through music, powerful emotions and experiences which cannot easily be defined.
Somfay’s first album under the Borealis moniker, Voidness (Origami Sound), was an ambitious piece of abstract experimentalism. Nineteen tracks that all seemed to live up to their album’s namesake, with eerie alien synths bleeding into soundscapes dense with crackling tape hiss and strident, industrial drum loops.
2013′s Glittervoice (Origami Sound) shrunk down the terrifyingly immense, event-horizon vision of Voidness for something faster, more empathic, and more human. The album pulsates with trance beats, speedball rhythms and breakneck drum loops, rising toward a beautiful convergence with synth textures.
Borealis released his newest effort Kallionyma (Tipping Hand) in 2014. Ditching the more ambient, melancholic themes of his previous two full-lengths as Borealis, on Kallionyma the Ontario-based musician takes inspiration from the palettes and moods of Boards of Canada, synthesizing broken beats, left-field arrangements and emotive builds, creating an EP of generally happy and exploratory music.
Borealis debuted his live performance October 2014, supporting TOKiMONSTA and Made in Heights:
“A leather jacket-clad Jesse Somfay (Borealis) opened the show with the most progressive set of the evening. His all-hardware, debut live performance as Borealis found the Canadian musician mixing broken beats with his distinct, cavernous synth fifths, often meandering into experimental improvisations that neglected traditional techno and dance floor structure in favour of more intellectually stimulating vignettes.”
Borealis is now available for booking:
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Exclaim! Borealis live performance review
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EDM.com previews Kallionyma EP
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Evian Christ features Autechre – “Vletrmx21 (Borealis Cover)” on RA Podcast
Jamie XX features Borealis – “Streamsnare” on BBC Radio 6 Mix