Electric Matter - EP

by Hill & The Sky Heroes

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Upon spending the better part of a decade touring with the likes of Serena Ryder and The Weeknd, directing music videos for Mother Mother and Sass Jordan and producing/writing for The Cliks and Eh440, Hill Kourkoutis is harnessing her many talents and experiences into one creative endeavor. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, the award-winning songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, filmmaker and proclaimed modern-day Renaissance Woman began performing and recording under the nom de band Hill & The Sky Heroes in 2011. Following a three year hiatus, The Sky Heroes are releasing the follow-up to their 2012 debut, ’11:11’, the collaborative effort which featured many of her peers from the Toronto music scene including Adrian Eccleston (Drake/Kylie Minogue), Doc McKinney (The Weeknd/Esthero), Serena Ryder, Donna Grantis (Prince and 3RD EYE GIRL), Saidah Baba Talibah and Martha & The Muffins.
 ’11:11’ was released to critical acclaim and saw sync placements on Degrassi: The Next Generation (MuchMusic, Canada/Teen Nick, USA), Offspring (Network Ten, Australia) and the film Pulling Strings (Traziende Producciones, Mexico).

The sophomore release, ‘The Great Year’, will consist of a trilogy of EP’s released over the course of a year, slowly revealing the body of a sophomore LP. When asked what Kourkoutis wishes to achieve with ‘The Great Year’, she remarks “My desire is to take the listener on a journey in relative real-time. Each EP is being released within a month of being written and recorded. It is an experiment in not only diving deeper within myself and my voice as an artist but about being candidly open in the creative process with those who listen along the way. ‘The Great Year’ will reveal an evolution in its sounds and subject matter. I want to challenge the popular music we have come to love yet honour it by maintaining an air of nostalgia. I want to explore and unite the paradigms of darkness and light that surround us all daily. It is a traditional concept album that is being released in a not-so-traditional fashion and an inspired journey of coming to terms with being human through mutual observation”.

The first inklings of these sentiments are apparent from the first EP in the trilogy series. Quietly released in January 2015, ‘Dark Days’, shows a departure from Hill & The Sky Heroes’ debut collaborative effort. With the exception of the dark disco/pop anthem “Don’t Be The Mistake,” co-written with Derek Downham (Andy Kim/The Beauties), the self-produced, written, performed and mixed EP exemplifies the introspective dichotomy between contempt, resistance and a longing for love and purpose on a material level. The lead single “The Flame” has been slowly gaining traction since March 2015, seeing adds on Top 40 radio and entries into the Top 20 charts of Campus/Community radio stations across the country. The follow-up EP, ‘Electric Matter’, released in May 2015, contains 4 songs, each engaging an eclectic amalgam of alt pop, electro and dark soul. The subject matter on ‘Electric Matter’ deals with a more cellular approach to Kourkoutis’ realizations on life and love and features two collaborations in the form of co-writes from fellow Sky Heroes. Graph Gonzales (Hawksley Workman/Esthero/Clipse) lends her voice and writing to the hauntingly cinematic hip-hop inspired grooves of “Who Am I” and Juno award-winning artist Serena Ryder contributes to the hypnotically sultry rhythms of “Beat’s In The Body”. The third EP, ‘Mystics’, is slated for a September 2015 release, where more Sky Heroes collaborators will be revealed. Bear witness as ‘The Great Year’ unravels in 2015 and Hill & The Sky Heroes’ quest from darkness to light reveals itself.

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released May 26, 2015

Produced, Written, Performed and Mixed by Hill Kourkoutis
Except "Beat's In The Body" Written by Hill Kourkoutis and Serena Ryder and "Who Am I" Written by Hill Kourkoutis and Graph Gonzales. Additional Background Vocals on "Who Am I" by Graph Gonzales.

Recorded and Mixed at The Lair (Toronto, ON)
Mastered by Brett Zilahi at Joao Carvalho Mastering (Toronto, ON)

Artwork by Hill Kourkoutis
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Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Hill Kourkoutis, award-winning songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker began performing and recording under the nom de band Hill & The Sky Heroes in 2011. Following a three year hiatus, The Sky Heroes are releasing the sequel to their 2012 debut, ’11:11’, a conceptual series of EP's collectively known as "The Great Year". ... more

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Track Name: Feel It
FEEL IT
(H. Kourkoutis)

Right now your heart is sinking in hot water
Yet somehow it radiates a light
And this tide that pulls you even closer
Is the slow ride of an old love at first sight

And I’m gonna feel it

Right now the world is screaming torture
Yet somehow the stars are whispering our names
You are the one, we could be two
When world's collide we’ll push on through
We’ll chase the stars and catch the moon
Let go of the shore it’s coming soon
Right now electric matter comes in waves

And I’m gonna feel it

I know we’ll wake it, I know you'll feel it too
I know we’ll take it, I know you'll feel it too
I know we’ll break it, I know you’ll feel it too
I know we’ll make it, I know you’ll feel it too

Til then, I’m gonna feel it


© 2015 Hill Kourkoutis
from ‘Electric Matter’ - EP
Track Name: In Your Eyes
IN YOUR EYES
(H. Kourkoutis)

There must be something in the way
I hang from every word you're breathing, baby
Is this another mistake
Or in the shadows is there something, maybe?

I see a look in your eyes
What is a girl to do?
It shouldn't come as a surprise
That I am falling for you

We can mess around and back on down
Or we can find out what is true
Fake and make but I can’t shake it
And now I’m stuck on you

Oh, it’s in the things that you do
Oh, it’s in the things that you do

You creep in corners of my mind
I’m climbing up the walls to hear you lately
I don’t know what I will find
And I can’t help but feel I’m going crazy

I saw that look in your eyes
What is a girl to do?
It shouldn't come as a surprise
That I am dying for you

We can mess around and back on down
Or we can find out what is true
Fake and make but I can’t shake it
And now I’m stuck on you

Oh, it’s in the things that you do
Oh, it’s in the things that you do

Maybe I’ll take a number
So I can wait in line
I’ll be the last one standing
‘Cause you’re a goldmine
You are a rolling thunder
That is your only crime
But a lust that’s left behind’s a bomb time

We can mess around and back on down
Or we can find out what is true
Fake and make but I can’t shake it
And now I’m stuck on you

Oh, it’s in the things that you do
Oh, it’s in the things that you do

I saw that look in your eyes
It shouldn't come as a surprise

© 2015 Hill Kourkoutis
from ‘Electric Matter’ - EP
Track Name: Beat's In The Body
BEAT’S IN THE BODY
(H. Kourkoutis/S. Ryder)

Walking in a straight line’s probably impossible
The party’s in the bass line, move your body, beautiful
Summer angel baby’s got an unbreakable heart of gold
Yeah we’re dancing to the sunrise, we’re the only ones we know

Keep on jumping, something’s coming
The beats in the body and the body’s in the drumming
It’ll be alright, It’ll be okay
If we keep on dancing the night away

Pounding on the pavement dancing like a skeleton
Look at us embracing being who we’ve never been
Wash us in the moonlight til we don't know where the end begins
Yeah, we’ve been doing backflips calling up our next of kin

Keep on jumping, something’s coming
The beats in the body and the body’s in the drumming
It’ll be alright, It’ll be okay
If we keep on dancing the night away

© 2015 Hill Kourkoutis and Serena Ryder
from ‘Electric Matter’ – EP
Track Name: Who Am I
WHO AM I
(K. Gonzales/H. Kourkoutis)

Eat, drink, die, then you’re gone
Hail Mary, I've seem to come undone
And the days that run through my hands lose their meaning
But I keep on holding on

Sleep all day, lie awake at night
Just crawl and hide from the world outside

Tell me who am I, who are you?
You got yourself figured out
Then it falls through the cracks

Dream, sleep, cry and move on
Shapeshifter, you're seeing it all wrong
‘Cause the walls you’ve built disagree with your maker
And you don’t seem to belong

This disguise can’t fool those wandering eyes
So crawl outside or life will pass you by

Tell me who am I, who are you?
You got yourself figured out
Then it falls through the cracks

I just don't know what I see
I’m looking in the mirror
I am looking for me
But just don't know what I see
So I'm looking in the mirror
Keep on searching in the mirror

Tell me who am I, who are you?
You got yourself figured out
Then you fall through the cracks
Tell me who am I, who are you?
In this life, am I true?
You got it all figured out
Then it falls through the cracks, yeah

When the silence breaks the sound …

© 2015 Hill Kourkoutis and Krista Gonzales
from ‘Electric Matter’ – EP