BERNICE - PUFF EP
LABEL : ARTS & CRAFTS // RELEASE DATE : JUNE 16, 2017
Co-produced by Grammy-winning producer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes) and Matt Smith (Owen Pallett), Puff is 5 of 11 songs to be released in 2017, and presents a thicker, colourful side of Bernice's sound.
Recording Puff live to tape at Breakglass studios in Montreal with Matt Smith engineering, the band was together in the central room with Dann and Felicity Williams (supporting vocals) on either side of the vocal "booths" -- Williams in a smoky vestibule with glass doors, and Dann in the kitchen with a window, beside a big potted palm. Following the sessions, Dann and drummer Phil Melanson then brought the digitized stems (excluding track 'David', which the band and Matt did all production for) to producer Shawn Everett in Los Angeles just in time for Valentine's Day (and a half hour long televised police car chase which passed by the studio's front door) and worked out each song's sound.
Born to a musical family, the daughter of a symphony harpist and the former Toronto Symphony Orchestra's principal violist, and a graduate of Goldsmiths' MA in Music, Dann's background, formal training, and experimental sensibilities developed into Bernice’s sparse arrangements and pop-minded songwriting, often following curious and unexpected paths.
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Bernice’s members and collaborators including longtime Owen Pallett collaborator Thom Gill (keyboard/sampler) as well as Colin Fisher (guitar), Daniel Fortin (bass), Philippe Melanson (drums), and Felicity Williams (supporting vocals). All are professional musicians from Toronto's music community and members of Owen Pallett, DIANA, John Southworth, Bahamas, Martha Wainwright, The Barr Brothers, and many others.
BERNICE PUFF EP
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