Though they profess to be “Pioneers of Neo-Classical Romanticism”, don’t be fooled into thinking that 5th Projekt always takes itself too seriously: the extremes of comedy and tragedy, light and dark, are found at every turn.
a band who clearly have the capability to evoke both euphoria and despair via their anthemic songs.
5th Projekt isn’t a band you listen to. 5th Projekt is a band you experience.
a guitar-heavy environment found somewhere at the intersection of grunge, Far East-influenced world music, and technopop. 3.5/4 (CiRCADiAN review)
V is a stark and dark reflection of modern times and quite possibly the most sonically ambitious album to come out of a Toronto band in years
one of the Toronto scene’s most sonically ambitious acts
5th PROJEKT has created a style of music that is part goth, part folk, part drama and part spiritual. It is the kind of music that you can imagine Shakespeare’s tragedies being played to, containing lyrics that would please Silvia Plath.
Unbelievably talented, I would imagine the Illuminati assembled 5th Projekt!
4 STARS (CiRCADiAN review)
the band blurs the lines between sounds and styles—sometimes folksy, sometimes electronic but always with a distinct signature that says “5th Projekt was here.” 4.5/5
This is not music to play softly in the privacy of your own room. This is music to share. Loudly and from the rooftops.
V… an impressive album that fans of artsy rock (i.e. Radiohead, not Rush) will love.
5th Projekt is another example of why I thank God that Canadians make music.
one cohesive wall of sound. (Live review)
epic, intricate songs that both blast your eardrums and soothe your nerves.
They live in the spaces between “Kid A”-era, Radiohead, big-sounding bands like The Music and the trip-hoppy bands like Portishead.
It’s pure sex for the ears… 10/10 (V review)
Majestic, raw, laced with a hauntingly sweet atmosphere that lets the light shine through.
Un groupe à découvrir sans hésitation. 4 stars (V review)
Don Quixote is a dreamy, wandering album that if personified would believe in ghostly spirits, lucid dreaming, and the power of the mind over the physical.
Overall the combination of both progressive and classic instrumentation on Circadian stands up to repeated listens – a world where atmospheric guitar sounds meld with tribal drums, keys, electronics and skilled vocals.
From the dreamy opening first track “In a Coma,” you will be mesmerized by the luscious beauty of Tara Rice’s vocals. (Circadian Review)
known for a powerful live show you’d be wise not to miss.
The music actually speaks for itself and instantaneously draws you in. I was impressed by 5th PROJEKT’s thick and lush “orchestration” and distinctively poetic lyrics.
Quite unlike anything I’ve heard lately, and that is a good thing.
The Tales of Don Quixote is a genuine treat, full of nuances and subtleties to please the most discriminating music lover. 4/5
Smooth sounds and heart wrenching vocals.
5th Projekt is easily one of the most relevant indie bands in Canada.
The four-piece group has a sound that is best described as cinematic; giving new meaning to the term ‘mood music,’ 5th PROJEKT creates rich atmospheric music that is both evocative and incredibly dramatic.
5th PROJEKT has effectively evaded both classification and comparison
I would go as far to say that this is some of the best music I have heard to date. I cannot wait for more by 5th Projekt and can only hope that they excel in the future. (CiRCADiAN review)
I heavily recommend it if you’re tired of suffering from the Top 40 Blues. 10/10
All these influences combine to make 5th Projekt’s unique sound- a simple yet profoundly moving sound that is fluid, epic, haunting and memorable.
5th Projekt’s V… is one of the best records to come out of the Canadian indie scene in a long time.
conveying a new sound and a new way of doing things.
The songs of ‘V’ are cathartic and compelling. Listen to the album when you can just close your eyes and relax, and focus on the music, let it do with you as it will. (Best of 2011)
Circadian is not a cd to really pick and chose songs from. I play this disc from beginning to end. Every track has the same amount of plays in my iTunes. Listening to Circadian is an hour commitment you’ll re-visit many times after purchase.
I heavily recommend it if you’re tired of suffering from the Top 40 Blues. 10/10 (Gamma-Wave Rhythm Review)
5th PROJEKT’s music is nothing if not eclectic
With dramatic dynamics, exotic sounds, and intriguing atmospheres all blending into the songs, it goes a long way to setting 5th Projekt apart from most other alt-rock bands out there.
One great kaleidoscopic orgy of sound.
You’ll be hanging on to each and every hallucinogenic note.
pure sex for the ears…
If Portishead and Russian Circles got together it might sound like 5th PROJEKT.
Interesting, memorable and evocative.
Beautifully haunting vocals meshed with swirly rock soundscapes that coalesce to form music of piercing, atmospheric beauty.
5th PROJEKT is actually the hardest working band I’ve run across in my 10 years of observing indie music in Canada. Hand made albums, diligent self promotion, sticking to it for the love. much respect for that.
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.
Despite all the virtuosity on display, no one musician stole the scene; the band’s “cinematic” sound relies on combining the available textures into one cohesive wall of sound. (Live review)
Released September 14, 2013
Recorded November, 2011-March, 2012 at Studio Organik, Toronto.
Additional Recording January-February, 2013 in Our Living Room, Toronto.
Tara Rice – Lyrics, Vocals, Percussion
Sködt McNalty – Music, Instruments, Vocals
Written, recorded, performed and produced by
Tara Rice & Sködt McNalty
Echo Valley, Toronto
João Cavalho Mastering, Toronto
Album Concept by
The Divine Entity
Art Direction & Design by