Animatist is a four piece experimental rock band from Toronto, Ontario led by guitarist Brent O’Toole. The rhythm section, comprised of Steve Cook on bass and Ian Hinds on drums, form the driving foundation underscoring the angular melodies and ambient textures of saxophonist/synth player, Danielle Fernandes. Together they create polyrhythmic sonic mazes that explore equal parts math, post, and progressive rock.
Animatist have independently released two LPs, Face Club (2017) and Inverted (2020). Throughout 2023 Animatist debuted new material woven into gapless sets that pushed their limits on the polyrhythmic textures and dark atmospheres they’ve come to be known for. They are currently finalizing recording on their forthcoming third LP.
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