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by 5th PROJEKT

"Beautifully haunting vocals meshed with swirly rock soundscapes that coalesce to form music of piercing, atmospheric beauty." -LV (Soundproof Magazine) Music you would be into if you enjoy Radiohead or Portishead. Limited edition.
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1. In a Coma
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2. Oblivion
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3. Glockenspiel
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5. Madness
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6. Spiders
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7. Skepticosm
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8. tToDQ
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9. One to Throw Away
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11. Gna Gna
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12. Broken Like This
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13. Resistance
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Album Notes
CiRCADiAN is a concept album and the first full length studio album by 5th PROJEKT. It was released on August 29, 2006 on 5th PROJEKT's Organik Rekords. It explores the metaphysical relationship of humanity as it coexists with its environment and the cycles of which both partake and create.

The limited edition CD album is hand packaged in a circular aluminum tin reminiscent of old cinema reel canisters, symbolic for the bands' cinematic sound and also for the conceptual approach to infinite cycles as they are influneced by the heavenly orbs of the sun and moon. The lid of the tin displays an ambigram of the title "CiRCADiAN," further emphasizing the predominant themes of unity and balance. Reinforcing these themes, the liner notes are also bound in a circular booklet depicting a clear glossed graphic interpretation of an eclipse on the front and back covers. The CD album face is silkscreened in an hommage to the vinyl 45s that were instrumental in leading each member to fall in love with music as young children, and complete the cycle by becoming the music maker later in their lives.

It was a deep interest in the effects of cycles and in the ways human individual rhythms interact with nature that ignited 5th PROJEKT's debut album CiRCADiAN. Produced by members of 5th PROJEKT, recorded from May-November 2005 at Toronto's Chemical Sound with James Heidebrecht, mixed by Ken Andrews (formerly of the band Failure) and mastered by Juno winner João Carvalho, the album takes on the themes of balance and discovery.

The journey begins "In A Coma," "inspired by Yevgeny Zamyatin's 1924 novel We, a precursor to such dystopian classics as Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, this haunting, relentlessly propulsive track could be an instrumental and it would still manage to articulate the essence of the lyrics: muffled panic, emotional numbness and an unvanquished longing for a better world." The opening piece sets the pace for the dreamlike lyrical exploration and the atmospheric compositions that characterize the album. The goal of the album is to capture humanity in all its diverse facets. The images that the music invokes are as various as the individuals who listen.

In "One to Throw Away," the central theme of disdain for the blatant disregard of ecosystems, both within ourselves and in the world around us, comes to light while the music paints a backdrop of darkness.

As the multi-layered "Resistance" tells us "they appear as quickly as they escape, these dreams and revelations." And so do the images conjured up by the songs, elusive as déja vu. If any of it rings true or strikes a chord in the psyche of any one listener, then CiRCADiAN's cycle is complete.



4.5/5 - Lucid Forge (Canada)

4/5 - Keys & Chords (Belgium)


5th PROJEKT: Circadian

Montreal always seems to get the credit for having the latest and greatest in musical acts in Canada, and in some cases, rightfully so. This is an exception though. They come from areas all over Ontario, Etobicoke to Meaford, but the four members of 5th Projekt refer to themselves as a Toronto band.

They also call themselves a “cinematic rock band”; and with a rich, thick, highly layered sound one can definitely see where that classification comes from.

Opening track ‘In a Coma’ evolves quickly from a simple synthesizer note into a complex mesh of futuristic sounds. Sticking with the “cinematic” theme, it’s a fantastic epic rock song for, perhaps, a sci-fi action sequence.

The throttle slows down and speeds up intermittently from there; dropping to a mid-tempo rhythmic march in ‘Madness’, and leaving you in a satisfied, dreamlike state by the end credits in ‘Resistance’. All the while the listener is surrounded in a thick landscape of reverbed synths, dreamy guitars and tribal drums.

Vocalist Tara Rice’s haunting and ultra-smooth voice cuts down the middle and guides you along the way. Full of passion, strength, angst and sorrow, she’ll grab your attention and never let go. Before you know it you’ll be at the end of the CD skipping back to the beginning.

With CiRCADiAN, Toronto’s 5th Projekt have put up a very impressive effort: Artsy but smart and entertaining at the same time without being pretentious and too cool for the listener. With a killer lead singer and creative instrumentation, they definitely give anything coming out of Montreal today a run for its money.

- Mark Carcasole
Scene And Heard

June 9, 2007


Music To Code To: 5th Projekt "In a Coma..."

The one great thing about working at Radio 3 is the amount of music knowledge that surrounds you. It doesn't take long for someone to understand your personal music tastes and guide you to new bands that you've never experienced before. Just last week Paolo Pietropaolo, a producer at Radio 3, sent me the permalink to this feature track.

Anything with a hint of prog I usually like. "In a Coma..." has traces that made me think of comparisons to a bands like Muse and V.A.S.T. while Paulo compared it to the likes of Mew. Either way, they are complimenting comparisons.

The vocals are up front without being dominating and something about the octave power chords in the chorus remind me of a Rush song for some reason.

- Scott Muc is one of CBC Radio 3's web developers, and spents a lot of time poking around
CBC Radio 3

February 22,2007
http://radio3.cbc.ca/blogs/2007/ 2/Music-To-Code-To-5th-Projekt-In-a-Coma


5th Projekt
Organik Rekords

After earning a nomination for best folk Singer/Songwriter at the 2003 International Independent Music Awards for her solo album “Face,” Tara Rice is back, and this time as front woman for her latest endeavor, 5th Projekt.

Since commanding attention with their 2004 EP “DEMOn001”, they’ve been featured in Canadian Musician Magazine, invited to last year’s NXNE Music Festival, and designated Independent Artist of the Week on the CBC Radio program Definitely Not the Opera. If this is any indication as to where the band is headed, then their breathtaking debut Circadian, should definitely see them soaring even higher. Exploring themes of cycles and the human connection with nature is what this disc, which is divided into the cycle of the seasons, is all about. From the dreamy opening first track “In a Coma,” you will be mesmerized by the luscious beauty of Tara Rice’s vocals. Although you could call 5th Projekt prog rock, the variety in their music is evidence of their refusal to fit neatly into one genre. No two songs are the same, which makes it that much more pleasurable to listen to. “Glockenspiel” employs bells, while staggering drum beats give “Spiders” an edgier sound, and the strangely titled “tToDQ” is an instrumental aria. Another track that must be mentioned is “One to Throw Away,” a dark and powerfully poetic piece about ecosystems. Rice, who also plays guitar, is backed by guitarist and fellow songwriter Skodt D. McNalty, bassist Peter Broadley and drummer Nathan Kaye. I see big things for this band.

-Charmaine Merchant
The Spill

October 16, 2006


5th Projekt Release Their Circadian Rhythms

Life has been something of a numbers game for Toronto's 5th Projekt, an ambient dream pop group who've slowly been swooning their way into the hearts and minds of the city's music fans. The four-piece formed in early 2003 and have gigged regularly in southern Ontario, but are only now releasing their first full-length album. It hasn't been for lack of trying, however.

"We've had some recording experiences that didn't go so well, so this was our third try at completing the full-length," says vocalist Tara Rice, discussing the band's recent time in the studio. "We'd like to dabble more behind the boards, but it's always been an issue of time and money. Our goal is to capture the live feel of the band, and to be able to do so in an efficient manner."

The band have just released Circadian and are looking to parlay its prowess into a big score. It was recorded in Toronto with producer James Heidebrecht (Daniel Lanois, Sarah Slean, Sloan) and sees the band's ethereal hum taken to the next level. Guitars are more textured, vocals are more haunting and, overall, this richer, fuller sound seems at home alongside such forefathers as the Cocteau Twins and other members of the 4AD brethren.

Rice is joined in 5th Projekt by Skodt McNalty (guitar), Peter Broadley (bass) and Nathan Kaye (drums) and, collectively, the foursome manage to strike a unique balance with their sound. Their music has a definite experimental edge, focusing on treated guitar parts and ambient support from the back end. Yet, at the same time, the melodies and vocals are entirely immediate and can be absorbed by the listener in mere minutes. On the whole, 5th Projekt was designed to give a reprise from the male-oriented grunt rock that often inhabits Cancon playlists.

"It's not as if we were 100 per cent opposed to a male vocalist, but, at the same time, there have been so many male rock vocalists throughout the history of music and we weren't interested in contributing to that," says McNalty. "I don't like vocals for the most part, so I knew with 5th Projekt we were going to be very picky as to the type of vocals this band would feature."

Picky or otherwise, there's no doubt that 5th Projekt's music is nothing if not eclectic. While the band have somewhat settled on a defined sound, there are plenty of variations within that template. Credit the bandmates' varied tastes (and those of their parents) for informing this variety.

"Pretty much everybody in the band had musicians for parents, and that has really helped to shape our sound," says Rice. "Some of them listen to country and folk, others listen to Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

"We literally have thousands of albums and hundreds of genres from which to draw from. But when it comes down to it, we're not all that choosy about the type of music we listen to as long as it's good music."

Catch 5th Projekt playing tunes from Circadian and beyond at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern on August 29.

—Cameron Gordon
Chart Attack

August 21, 2006



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