When Pavel Gorin and TJ Train cycle through the Toronto’s countless nightlife speakeasies, they do so with a contagious and casual charisma. Together, they make up Night Vision. Their sound sits somewhere in the infinite grey area of club-ready house with an ethereal link to nature.
Sharing a circle of friends and engulfed by the familial bond of the Toronto electronic music scene, Gorin and Train began running into each other often at Train’s regular Night Vision party. “We found that our musical energy was similar so we decided to start working together and from that, Night Vision—the artist project—was born,” says Gorin. Coming from their own unique musical tastes, Gorin says the musical compromise is what characterizes the sounds of their sets. “Persistent grooves, melodic progression and classic, funky house elements are always present in our mixes—and we don’t shy from vocals either,” says Train.
Often surrounded by close friends and smiling patrons at places like Coda, Electric Island and Parlour, Train says as long as the crowd is dancing, he is not concerned about the classification of his track selection. It’s that kind of attitude that brought Night Vision together in the studio with producer Greg Piddock and up-and-coming singer Moscow Noir.
When Night Vision discovered the work of Lesther Gutierrez, he was recording his first album. “The way he was writing and singing had a lot of potential for a house track so we got together and started exchanging ideas,” says Train. With additional production by Greg Piddock, their debut together, “Burn It Down,” is exactly what listeners may think of with such an eclectic combination. The slow-chugging, tribal-dance-inducing rhythm is sunrise suited and definitely contagious.
The track journeyed across the pond to Piddock in the UK and back to Toronto with Gutierrez and Night Vision many times—the worldly flare brings it that much closer to a wide array of tasteful textures. Gorin says it’s in part due to the bond that he feels Night Vision belongs to in Toronto. “[The city] creates an environment where everyone can grow together as a community,” he says. That’s not to say that those in charge at city hall are doing all they can to encourage more of this sort of behaviour. “Toronto has recently been branded as a ‘music city,’ which is a nice move,” says Gorin. “But there are still limitations around creating an engaging musical environment.” For Train, “it pushes us to evolve and stay relevant in a quickly changing musical industry here in Toronto.”
Engaging attendance is a struggle in itself in a city where competition finding a dancefloor is fierce and high rent prices make throwing affordable parties almost impossible. Experiential engagement—I think Burning Man would suffice—is something Night Vision has been focusing on instead. While Night Vision can still be found on bills across the city almost every weekend, Gorin says their priorities have shifted to the studio. “They say the only real cost in life is life itself so we’ve been asking ourselves where and how we want to be invested and that’s music.”
You can catch Night Vision this Friday, November 4 at Parlour.