Slim Twig is a shape-shifting performer and song-sculptor based in Toronto. His artistic vision is born from a twisted landscape of pop and experimental music, pulp literature and movie magic. His first EP’s – 2008′s Derelict Dialect & Vernacular Violence introduced a wildly diverse persona. DD’s noirish dramatics morphed unexpectedly into the self-coined ‘concrete rockabilly’ of VV which in turn set the stage (somewhat) for his 2009 full length debut, Contempt!
A self made exercise in resourcefulness, Contempt! violently collided a snatch sampling aesthetic gleaned from the RZA with the aforementioned concrete rockabilly heathen persona to create an aggressively innovative pop sound that baffled many, while rewarding the adventurous. Think of it as ‘Elvis lost in the 36 chambers’, fighting through lyrics that evoke dark, fragmented images and depraved characters.
Throughout this time Slim has released free mixtapes online composed of collaborations, remixes & original material culminating with the 2010 album ‘A Sheik In Scores’. Unconventionally released as a free download and limited art-cassette, the album works as a summation of the sample based work started with Contempt! upping the conceptual ante by restricting the sample sources to film scores and music from movies.
2011 presents another left turn with a new distinctly produced art pop sound composed entirely of live instruments. All of Slim’s music to this point has been self produced. Having honed a distinctive sound he is now in the midst of extending the service to others, notably a collaboration with U.S. Girls employing Slim as co-producer & engineer.
For the cinephiles, Slim can be seen as a moonlighting actor playing Billy Zero in Bruce McDonald’s Tracey Fragments, and as juvenile prisoner Max in Kim Chaperon’s Dog Pound. Most recently Slim starred in & scored Sight Unseen, a film collaboration with his filmmaker parents.
Slim Twig Songsculptor