Borealis (Jess Somfay) to release new album ‘Kallionyma’ July 8 on Tipping Hand Recordings

By on July 5, 2014


Hailing from Canada’s Tri-City the Ontario based experimental electronic artist Borealis (Jesse Somfay) is set to release, Kallionyma — his first full-length album since 2013. Available this July and released on Tipping Hand Recordings, the new album twists and turns through both primeval and futuristic soundscapes, while maintaining an almost sensual breath like tone.

Featuring 7 new blistering tracks, nothing was spared on this experimental foray — the use of bells, voices, samples and synths play out like a storyline in an epic battle of love and war in a mythical fairytale. Ranging from ominous to omnipotent, the album borrows from a range of musical genres including techno, progressive and at times dripping into the psychedelia of acid techno while still remaining free from the restrictions of any one particular genre.  Loaded to the brim with odd time signatures and vibrant beats, the album could easily be embraced by the European IDM market, as well as within the US club scene

Borealis – Imago VX (Official Music Video) from Tipping Hand on Vimeo.

The album opens with a vintage beat, reminiscent of the war games era of the 80’s and slowly progresses into the bright musical storyline that Borealis is celebrated for. As the album develops, the almost breath-like component becomes more prominent, as if the music itself is building into its own destined ecstasy. The sound can be described as vast and spacious while remaining heartbreakingly personal. Crafting a sound that is both strong and vibrant, the album captures Somfay at the peak of his creativity, marking an almost bliss like quality to the otherwise ominous material.

A true musician’s-musician the 28 year old Canadian born experimental producer has long been respected by producers and DJ’s alike. With over 19 albums, single EP’s and collaborations under his belt, Jesse Somfay has turned the ears of both industry talent and media for the last ten years — and as a result, he has been featured in some of the best EDM and IDM publications around the world. Most recently, his music has been featured in such high caliber sources as Jamie XX’s BBC Radio 6 Music, James Zabiela’s Boiler Room, and Evian Christ’s Resident Advisor Mix.

Borealis will hit the road this fall armed with a new arsenal of creative material. Kallionyma will be available on the official Tipping Hand website, iTunes, and Amazon on July 8th, and is available for media review today. For more information about Borealis, check out his soundcloud page at


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.