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High Park Society

High Park Society is an independent studio music project masterminded by Canadian multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and acoustician Frank Babic. The contagious hooks, honest vocals and thought-provoking, often romantic lyrics that mark High Park Society's music evoke nostalgia for new wave, jazz and ‘80s and ‘90s melodic alternative rock and pop. The energy, attention to detail and passion for creating memorable, ear-pleasing instrumental textures shines through High Park Society’s complex tracks, which resonate with layers of melody, harmony, bass groove and danceable rhythms. The vivid, retro recordings of High Park Society are often collaborative endeavors between Babic and a pool of talented guest musicians from around the world, which gives arrangements a fresh feel. Every song plays with powerful themes that illuminate the complexities of love, self-exploration and the surprise twists that mark life’s long journey.

The roots of High Park Society took hold in Frank Babic’s lifelong love of well-orchestrated, catchy New Wave and moody modern rock music by artists like The Cure, New Order and David Bowie and expert songwriters like Lou Reed and Morrissey. He began to formally study organ at an early age and, eager to express his own ideas and put his observations to music, also picked up guitar and voice. Eager to collaborate with others, he started playing in bands in high school, fine-tuning his technique and artistic ethos. While at university studying Civil Engineering, he began to play with an R&B/soul band called Soulhammer and a three-piece rock band and became fascinated by the many unexpected ways the individual voices of instruments can come together. Back then he began work on a solo music project using home studio recording and started to learn about the finer points of engineering, mixing and production through both formal and self-study.

As he pursued professional work as an acoustic engineer, Babic picked up with several local bands as a lead guitarist and songwriter. His drive to play music led him to pursue a career as a professional engineer in acoustics, noise and vibration engineering, where he has remained for over 20 years. It was his professional career that also brought him back to the excitement of the recording studio where High Park Society was born, out of his desire to create classic rock and ‘80s alternative with a twist. Babic has also used this project to connect through the power of technology with other musicians and artists from around the globe who regularly contribute to his recordings.

Based in Mississuaga, Ontario, Babic has released two previous singles as High Park Society: “Indecision”; “When Bowie Died.” His latest single “On Your Mind” is available now.