So much electronic music is crafted with the specific purpose of giving the listener a pulse-quickening thrill. But occasionally, we’re reminded that not all nights on the dancefloor are happy ones. A forlorn anthem like Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” explores the violently emotional rollercoaster of clubland loneliness, and much like Robyn’s lone dancer, Alt Altman’s solo project Digits can be found grooving gloomily in the dark corners of the nightclub.
A veteran of the Toronto music scene (he spent time as multi-instrumentalist for indie-pop outfit The Ghost Is Dancing) who has since relocated to Berlin, Altman’s introspective synth-pop isn’t heavy on the bangers, but it succeeds because it mines deeply philosophical territory over a patient, resolutely understated beat.
Exploring the existential lyrical theme put forward in its title track, the Where Do You Belong? EP affirms that while electro jams frequently soundtrack our wildest drunken revelry, they can also inspire some pretty heavy emotions.
Playlist picks: “Where Do You Belong?,” “Eight Long Years,” “Lonely Road”
Digits play The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. W.) on July 14.