Toronto solo-artist Corbin Giroux’s new single, “Middle Earth,” is a genuinely composed soundtrack that will keep you grounded. An open letter to his audience as a reminder to always stay true to yourself. His last single, “Where has the Humility Gone,” was released March 6, 2020. Giroux gained popularity with his impressive guitar picking and serene vocals. Notably, his musical inspirations are the early 2000’s emo rock bands Dashboard Confessionals and Moving Mountains.
Giroux’s “Middle Earth” track introduces a soft melody, an enchanting electric guitar, and mellow drumming. His distinctive placid voice is captivating, “On the ground beneath our feet/We know we have to flee/We’ll never see our home anymore/ So take everything you need/ Leave your anger and your greed.” Giroux’s passion for the emo scene fits perfectly with his modern-day indie-rock musical style. His emotional lyricism expresses insecurities, vulnerability, and the strength it takes to leave it all behind.
Giroux’s released his first official music video, directed by Orrin Alexander and animated by David Woodcock. At first glance, everything seems out of place, with an animation of himself appearing in the mirror to taking a stroll in the woods and seeing a random floating door. Nonetheless, he creates an ambiance of warm earthy tones indoors and eventually surrounds himself with nature. “Stifled by the air Someone help me/ I feel weak beyond repair.” Giroux performs as himself into multiple personalities, which at times can be comical but also serious. Visually you enter into his world, self-reflecting on his current state of mind and the struggles he faces within. Giroux plays as lead guitarist, bassist, and a drummer; and eventually appears alone towards the end.
Now that the emo scene is making a comeback, we can expect great things from Corbin Giroux, Follow Toronto’s best emo-pop artist on Spotify.