This Service / The Fire and Disguise is a quiet revelation, a collection of sweet, thoughtfully composed acoustic songs that thread together seamlessly. Manikhouth produces the kind of music that creates a welcoming space for its listener. His softly mesmerizing vocal style is a hallmark of this release, and features prominently on Maisonneuve Music labelmate Lainee's 2017 breakout release Sunrise, California (feat. Toui Manikhouth). Manikhouth's latest release, Open Season, is as much an ode to his early influences as it is the sign of fresh, new beginnings. The song has spawned two unique renditions: one is a lush and layered alt-rock composition, and the other a minimal, soothing, true-to-form acoustic offering. Scrutiny, clarity, and quiet introspection can be found amongst the lyrics, painted by delicate vocals woven through a rhythmic guitar-driven backdrop.
This style of music speaks to Manikhouth's overall versatility as an artist. It's a drastic departure from his other musical endeavour, Hamilton-based metal band Hey Clown. By entertaining these dual sides of his artistic personality, Manikhouth adds a well-rounded flair to his songwriting arsenal.<br>