Petra Glynt


Alex Mackenzie began the Petra Glynt project in 2012 with her first EP, Of This Land, inspired by the organized resistance of the Occupy Movement. Performing at pipeline protests with the community of Toronto artists that included Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta, her songs on This Trip rallied against racism, sexism, and environmental devastation. The themes of her latest album are no less politically charged, with lyrics about governments and corporations valuing wealth over health, such as the lack of response to Flint, Michigan’s contaminated water (“Health”), and a tongue-in-cheek retaliation to the profits driving private information collection like Facebook's data hack scandal (“Surveillance”), as she watches the watchers. “No Consequences” welcomes those who fear change or inclusivity to join her on the dancefloor, while its most powerful vision of the future arrives with “New Growth”, which she describes as a feminist anthem of empowerment in the wake of #MeToo.

As she continues to focus on a lifelong visual art practice, directing videos and creating the intricate illustrations for her album covers, Mackenzie has also moved into composing scores for films such as the cult documentary The Devil’s Trap. These overlapping efforts arrive at the intersection of unfiltered experimentation and fiercely motivated beliefs dating back to her previous musical life. M.I.A. remains a beacon of inspiration, but she approaches the process of creative expression with the ethos of Crass.


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Mme Glynt est comme une Kate Bush de l’ère Internet : une mystérieuse sirène du vibrato. Sauf que celle-ci parle de la crise de l’eau à Flint et du mouvement #MeToo. Sur la piste de danse.
— Le Devoir
Petra Glynt’s immaculate vibrato will ravage your stereo. Here, it flits over amorphous electronic synths and shattering drum lines that propel the album at a snappy pace. Sonically, every moment is filled intricately, layer by layer, but it never interferes with the listener’s ability to dance to this entire album. Petra Glynt has always been innovating, but My Flag Is a Burning Rag of Love sounds particularly like the future.
— Exclaim!
Mackenzie approaches performance as if preparing for war—against patriarchy, against environmental neglect, against austerity economics. Bathed in intensely psychedelic projections, she’ll lay down thundering rhythm tracks using a floor tom and loop them through pedals, before layering on distorted, disorienting electronics in rhythmic swells.
— Pitchfork

Landmark Shows

CMW (2019)
SOIR (2018)

Suuns, Doldrums, Chastity, Ema, The Blow, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.