TOWER OF ACID is the latest release by Toronto electronic music scene veteran Heiki (Hey-Key). The nine song album is his fifth full-length album under his own name, following his Dub Museum album (2015) and the collaborative The North Shore record with ambient duo, dreamSTATE. Tower Of Acid is released in a limited 150 edition yellow cassette format, compact disc and download.
A radical departure in sound from Heiki’s previous albums, which mainly focused more on down tempo, ambient dub techno sounds, Tower Of Acid, as the title implies, is a far more up beat acid house record. Two interim e.p.s by Heiki were, Mega City Acid (2016) and Cracked Elbow (2018), which were both lead ups to the new album, experimenting with faster tempos and structures. The album relies on analogue synth sounds and acid house/new beat/industrial influenced rhythms. Most of the recordings were made in a single live off the floor pass. Later edits and overdubs of shortwave radio bursts, phased analogue synthesizer pads and vocoded voices were added to electronic wall of sound. Themes include abuses of power, fraud, failed populist charltans and fake news, running rampant in this increasingly dystopian times.
Heiki (Hey-Key) Sillaste is a Toronto electronic music scene veteran. He has released a vast catalogue of music and has been involved with production duties on numerous electronic-music based albums. Heiki has also played in several music groups and ensembles, including the internationally renown industrial-techno group DIGITAL POODLE, electronic freak beat group KINDER ATOM, synth duos LES FONTAINES and HOZERZ, as well as collaborating with diverse artists such as reggae musician Michael Rose, experimental pioneers Zoviet:France / Rapoon and ambient duo dreamSTATE.
His graphic design work has been seen on countless music releases, museum and gallery graphics as well as national advertising campaigns.
Heiki Sillaste also owns and operates the Toronto based paper+sound electronic music label.
released June 15, 2019
Written and produced by Heiki Sillaste.
Recorded at Wright Sounds, Toronto
and Sauna Porch Recordings Co., Big Bay.
Additional tweaks by Chromosphere.
Photo/graphics by Heiki Sillaste.
Thanks to David Lush (JX3P), Jason Solvent (727),
Scott M2 (SVC350)
Heiki (Hey-Key) is a veteran of the Toronto electronic music scene. Since 1987, Heiki Sillaste has released an impressive catalogue of well over 45 synthesizer-based records and made over 150 compilation appearances.