Mute Choir


The music of Mute Choir is, above all else, about freedom. Freedom to live your life however you choose, and freedom to follow your creative vision wherever it leads. But in order to understand freedom, one must sometimes experience its opposite. Mute Choir’s debut album Behind the Bars is partly about that as well, and the clash between those two forces is palpable within the music—a distinctive blend of untamed electro-rock and introspective balladry with an eye on the ever-elusive goal of making dance music with a message.

That message is in large measure the story of how the group’s figurehead Sam Arion has reached this place. Born in Iran and raised in both the overcrowded suburbs and isolated rural areas of Toronto, he escaped to the city at age 18. The album’s first single “The Pedestrian” encompasses Arion’s evolution as a songwriter since then, discarding traditional pop and rock lyrics for deeper concepts of self-discovery.

Throughout Behind the Bars, Arion brilliantly weaves together many musical threads, from the deft dynamics and time changes of radio-ready tracks such as “Behind The Bars” and “MineField,” to the hypnotizing synths on “Us/Them” and particularly the epic, seven-minute “Election Season” with its multiple sections. The fact that Arion was able to accomplish all of this ostensibly on his own speaks volumes about his drive and devotion to his muse.

As a snapshot of the human condition from its least photogenic angle, Mute Choir’s Behind the Bars is a timely reminder that the only thing that ever holds us back from doing what we want to do is ourselves.





“Behind The Bars” by Mute Choir ‘will lull you in with its quasi-lullaby intro, but it leads to a boisterous crescendo’ – listen now at Sawdust and Gin!


Magnetic Magazine include excellent tracks from Fake Shark, Mute Choir, and Goosebump in their 15 Best Indie Tracks of May 2018!


EarToTheGround Music feature “Minefield,” Mute Choir’s new single, in their 4 Contemplative Tracks From Rising Artists roundup!


Born Music share “Minefield,” the new single from Mute Choir!


Hear the new singles from Mute Choir and Slowcoaches in The Revue’s latest Weekend Showcase!


Mystic Sons include “Minefield,” the ‘euphoric’ new single from Mute Choir’, in their latest New Music Discovery!


Mute Choir, Francois Klark, and Kieran Mercer are all on Spotify’s weekly New Music Friday Canada playlist!


The latest from both Mute Choir and Slowcoaches are featured in The Revue’s May 24th edition of The Matinee ’18!


Mute Choir premieres new single “Minefield” through Indie88Toronto!


Hear Mute Choir’s “Election Season” over at Sacred Exile!


Mute Choir’s latest “Election Season” is The Violet Wave’s Song of the Day!


Born Music share “Election Season,” the latest single from Mute Choir!


PREMIERE: Mute Choir shares “Election Season” via The Spill Magazine!


Ride the Tempo shares Mute Choir’s “Behind The Bars” – listen now!


That Buzzing Sound feature Deanna Petcoff, Mute Choir, Bend Sinister, Towers and Trees, and more in their 2018: Best In New Music – March Spotify playlist!


Italy’s Shiver Webzine shares “Behind The Bars,” Mute Choir’s new single!


Popped Music share some kind words about Mute Choir’s “Behind The Bars” – read/listen now over on the site!


Mute Choir’s “Behind The Bars” is included in The Revue’s Weekend Showcase 4.11 Spotify playlist – listen now!


The Revue include Mute Choir’s ‘impressive’ “Behind The Bars” in the latest edition of Melodic Tonic!


When The Horn Blows are taken by Mute Choir’s “Behind The Bars” – read their review!


Canada Cool by TUNE new music playlists on Spotify is stacked! Hear tracks from Frankiie, Mute Choir, Ellevator, Jaunt, Miesha & the Spanks, The Bandicoots, Basement Revolver, Young Galaxy, Humans, Adrian Underhill, Kira May, Everett Bird, and Rich Aucoin!


Mute Choir and Towers and Trees’ new singles are both featured in’s latest New Music Spotlight!