Debby Friday — Good Luck
Debby Friday — Good Luck
Friday, March 24, 2023
8:00 pm_2:00 am
$25,38(taxes and fees included)
Presented by PHI, in collaboration with MUTEK, Debby Friday presents her debut LP and self-directed short film, GOOD LUCK. In addition to this programmation, Phèdre and Ouri (DJ set) will perform in opening.
DEBBY FRIDAY’s debut long-player GOOD LUCK arrives on Sub Pop & Arts & Crafts (in Canada) this spring. DEBBY recently re-located from Vancouver to Toronto, and for her debut she worked with a producer for the first time: Juno- and Polaris Prize- nominated composer Graham Walsh. The jump up in production value adds a sort of heft and pull to the genre, flexibility on parade here: think of it a little like Sevdaliza meets Death Grips.
Few do it like DEBBY, though. Lucid, acid housey, high-BPM track I GOT IT —accompanied by Chris Vargas of Pelada and Uñas— has her unprecedentedly cocksure and vainglorious. She’s still drawn to certain keys and moods (the brooding D and F minor are all over this album) to suggest melancholia, darkness. However, her lead single SO HARD TO TELL sees FRIDAY shed all of her signature industrial tropes, to deliver a completely out of pocket, and totally assured, falsetto pop song. This sun-bright track is a crucial signifier in FRIDAY’S expansion.
The album GOOD LUCK is being co-released with a short film of the same name, co-directed by FRIDAY and Nathan De Paz (past work includes Eroica by Chino Amobi). It’s a surreal teenage love story of individuation. Select DEBBY FRIDAY shows will be accompanied by the short film screening.
OURI (DJ SET) FR/QC
Ouri grew up in France, in a family of mixed french and afro-carribean descent. She began playing the harp and piano at 5, but at 7 she found unity in the cello. A self-proclaimed introvert who’d rather dash off on her own than feel disconnected in the wrong crowd- she arrives in Montreal at the age of 16 to pursue a degree in composition.
Montreal’s rave scene is where her artistry began to take shape - establishing herself in the community as a producer, DJ, and composer. Lending her skills to various collaborations, she strengthened her sense of self, but also her affinity for transforming sonically into any genre, playing any role.
In 2018 she was invited to MISM x Boiler Room’s Montreal show, signed to Ghostly (international) & Make it Rain Records (Canada) for the release of her EP We Share Our Blood and was asked to make official remixes for the likes of Tokimonsta. Her growing notoriety let her support Jacques Greene, Yves Tumour & Kllo live in concert.
Evolving beyond her affirmed DJ persona, she breaks out of the underground to come up for air - where she collaborates with folk artist Helena Deland. They merge in a dimension of their own, and Hildegard is born.
Now in her debut album, Frame of a Fauna, she shatters the oftentimes submissive and distant approach to ambient sound to finally take up space and connect to her own experience.
Phèdre is an electronic duo from Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada, comprised of sound artist April Aliermo and producer/musician Lee Paradise. Originating in experimental-pop realms, their richly-textured compositions have grown into instrumental sets of high-bpm rhythmic soundscapes, performed live using sequencers and synthesizers. The ever-changing bass-heavy sets pay tribute to club, breakbeat, jungle and techno, while maintaining Phèdre’s own unique sense of melodic and textural exploration. Phèdre has been fortunate to perform in Can/USA, Mexico, EU/UK, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Russia, and Lebanon.