Though the label “Toronto Sound” may bring to mind a very specific type of musical vibe, artists like Terrell Morris and his group of collaborators stand to show that the city’s sonic palette is far more interesting and diverse than just anthems to send “u up?” texts to from the front seat of your Uber.
Morris cooks up his R&B with the wit-driven mind of a rapper, his unique style – equal parts Social Experiment and Isaiah Rashad, poured over the chillest of ice – having developed over a long history of creative collabs with artists ranging from Carolina cloud rap kingpin Deniro Farrar to Quebec electropoppers Milk and Bone. His last release, Molasses, was a deliberate attempt at honing a musical style as diverse as the city that produced it; which, through the help of heartbreak and local pal-ducers Free n Losh, successfully suggested Morris might just be the Fort York Frank Ocean.
Terrell’s latest track, “Field Test (Wayside)”, however, is a step forward as much as it is a change of pace, channeling his affinity for spacey and smokey genre-bending into what might just be the perfect soundtrack to being couchlocked at your friend’s. It makes sense that “Field Test (Wayside) came together organically, and as the product of a handful of influences: “my good friends Losh and Weatherstone, fuelled by a bottle of whiskey, and inspired by an unnamed muse.”
Listen to “Field Test (Wayside)” below, and if you’re in Toronto, catch Terrell Morris at Lee’s Palace this Friday or August 1st at the Open Roof Festival.