Recorded and produced in the artist's home studio in Toronto, "Up Down Strange Charm" is minimalist, texture-based and mostly linear electronic music. Encompassing electroacoustic, IDM, ambient, electropop, classical and glitch elements, most of the tracks on the album are instrumental with the exception of a few songs, one of which entitled, "Swimming in Denton" is an ode to the music of the late Zac Denton.
Buildings and Food
From the album, Up Down Strange Charm, released on September 25, 2020.
“A slow-burning, retro lo-fi number...beautiful low-key vocals and a catchy refrain make for a sweet soundtrack to a summer's end.” - Spill Magazine, Toronto https://spillmagazine.com/spill-video-premiere-buildings-and-food-b-movie/
Jen K. Wilson, aka Buildings and Food, is a Canadian electronic music recording artist from Toronto. Her work incorporates multiple genres including electropop, experimental, IDM, downtempo, glitch and ambient music.
Jen is a classically trained pianist, visual artist and self-taught multi-instrumentalist who began her career in the late 1990's in Toronto playing guitar, keys and drums in various alternative indie rock outfits and later embarked on a visual arts career, relocating to Ottawa and winning several project grants for her work. Her return to Toronto marked a return to music making and she released her debut solo album Quick Beat Save in November 2018 under the moniker Buildings and Food. The album received positive reviews and enjoyed multiple chart appearances in Canada and the U.S., earning a spot on several Best of 2018 lists.
Sophomore album, Up Down Strange Charm was released on September 25, 2020.
Reviews for Quick Beat Save
"Quick Beat Save is as strange and beguiling as it is charming and unique. You may have heard something like it before but its deft weaves of classical and contemporary, past and present, analog and digital, accessible and baffling makes it stand out even within the canon of avant-gardening that has taken place on the fringes of popular music in the last 50 years." - The Swindonian, UK
"[Slow to Reverse] has this plodding electronic from the get-go, shifting and moving before Wilson’s voice comes in over another layer of electronics. Personally, I like the delivery, almost as if the words were dropped into thin air emphatically. It’s all highlighted, too, by some exceptional cymbal work that builds in some extra artistry. People always reference tunes that entrance them, and this is precisely what I envision." - Austin Town Hall
"'1979: Pennies and Pluto’ bears a title no less intriguing than the music entailed herein. Several associations immediately come to mind, including Broadcast, Stereolab and Mahogany....The new single, just as ‘Slow to Reverse’, the single before this, is a brilliant reflection of the internal workings of an indie pop aficionado with a vision towards a positive musical construction." - The Record Stache
“An independent avant pop artist, whose music emanates endearing Stereolabesque charm… she whets our appetite with charismatic synth minimalism. The song flows with a laid-back ease, running on gently muffled and murmured vocals, yet also sparkles with brighter, peppy instrumentation. Easily Ladytron can be mentioned, as well as Lali Puna, Vive La Fête and Tying Tiffany” – Big Takeover Magazine
"Most tracks on ‘Quick Beat Save’ are electronic instrumentals (and damn good ones). However, Jen K. Wilson (Buildings and Food) gets to demonstrates her abilities as a singer-songwriter on such cuts as “1979: Pennies and Pluto”, a great pop song with loads of quirkiness. "
- Irregular Dreams