The ruins of the failed city of Factoria lie under Saskatoon, SK, the hometown of producer extraordinaire Graham Murawsky (aka Factor Chandelier). Just prior to WWI, Chicago entrepreneur Robert E. Glass ventured north with dreams of building an elaborate industrial city in a formerly typhoid-riddled area with all the trappings that progress would afford. But before his development plans could come into fruition, war and the inability to secure electrical power turned Factoria into a ghost town. Inspired by the obscure story of the Magic City that never was, Factor Chandelier has crafted an album that pays homage to Factoria and wonders what could have been.
On Factoria, Chandelier’s follow-up to the 2013 concept album Woke Up Alone, he builds a city of expansive beats that bang with punishing drums and industrial clatter at one moment and exude a melodic, pastoral calm the next. The sounds shift on the album in accordance with the hope that the city began with and the wartime entropy that engulfed it. Recorded and mixed by Factor Chandelier, the album incorporates the bass of Enver Hampton, violin and guitar from The Pxrtals, and guest vocals from Open Mike Eagle, Awol One, Ceschi, Gregory Pepper, and Myka 9.
What may have driven Glass to Factoria is a desire to create something in his vision, to build an idyllic city where people could settle and seek their fortune amongst a serene central Canadian backdrop. On the same hallowed ground, Factor has built a decade and a half worth of beats for indie rap cult heroes from all over the map. Augmented by his chemistry with artists he has worked with for years, Factoria is a beacon illuminating the streets that paved over the ruins of the Magic City.