Toronto indie rock outfit the Corner are putting the finishing touches on their debut album Note to an Escapist, but the band have shared a special Exclaim!-exclusive EP in advance of the forthcoming full-length.
Since forming in 2011, the band teamed up with industry pros like Alex Bonenfant (Crystal Castles, METZ) and John Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club) for their debut EP and recently completed recording their debut album with Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes.
But for The Exclaim! EP, the band are showcasing a different side to their sound. It features four tracks, opening with "Even When You're Low (Dakota remix)," which was reworked by their friend Kenny Cotton into a "dirty disco" number. Singer Matt Oh says they're "happy with the variety so far," and maybe only half-jokingly suggested doing a country take on it next.
Next up, "Layla" is taken from a short Canadian Film Centre flick of the same name, directed by John Virtue. The last two tracks — "Nights When I'm Bored" and "Run Lady Run" — were recorded during the band's 2014 tour of Spain at a studio called Neo Music Box in Aranda de Duero.
"Fittingly, the studio is built into a winery so there was no need to ever leave," Oh said of the process. "We wanted to believe that the luxuries of a basketball court and pool at the winery sparked our creativity. Whether the spoils inspired us or not, recording never felt like work and we were proud of the songs that we left with."
The band's debut album Note to an Escapist is due out later this year on Sonic Envy. For now, though, you can stream the four-song collection in the player below, or head over here to grab a free download of the Corner's Exclaim! EP.