GRAHAM VAN PELT (MIRACLE FORTRESS) SHARES SECOND SINGLE “VANISHING POINT”

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DEBUT ALBUM, TIME TRAVEL, OUT OCTOBER 19 VIA ARBUTUS RECORDS

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Today, Graham Van Pelt has shared the second single from his debut LP, “Vanishing Point”. Clash says of the track “ “. Time Travel will be out on October 19 via Arbutus Records. Graham also will be hitting the road this fall. Tour dates are below.

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"I’d like to be as un-mysterious as I possibly can,” Graham Van Pelt says. He’s about to release Time Travel, his first record in the four years since he moved from Montreal to Toronto, and he’s no longer Miracle Fortress, or Inside Touch, or any of the aliases he’s used to record over the years. He’s just Graham Van Pelt.

With the perspective of leaving a longtime home, of watching old friends change and familiar places become unrecognizable, came a recommitment to an emotional honesty in Van Pelt’s songwriting. Time Travel’s eight songs are a tangle of friendships and feelings. Moving backwards and forwards in time, they occupy a space of elegant melancholy.

Immersing himself in the work of house music legends like Larry Heard, Vincent Floyd and Maurizio and the fragile disco of Arthur Russell, along with contemporaries like Jessy Lanza and Kelly Lee Owens, Van Pelt built the album from the bottom up, rooting every track in the crude sequencer of the Roland SH-101 synth, a decades-old dance music totem. The result are melodies that are simple but affecting, anchored to deep, wandering basslines. Time Travel was engineered by twin brothers Mark and Matt Thibideau, whose techno roots deepened the grooves throughout the record.

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There’s a comfort to operating in the world of dance music, which is, in Van Pelt’s words, more of a “team sport” than the competitive atmosphere of indie rock. “I feel like one person participating in a community,” he says, “and less of a person trying to rise above.” The album is also Van Pelt’s first release on Arbutus, which he describes as his “dream outcome” for the record. “Their catalog intersects at a place that feels like home to me,” he says. “Music for late night, atmospheric music, really honest and unvarnished truthful stuff that never compromises.”

Time Travel is a renewal of Van Pelt’s vows with dance music, and with the genre’s pulse of synthesized melancholy. It’s a heartrending rush, as emotionally direct as a sweaty, jaw-clenching, 3AM hug.

GRAHAM VAN PELT ON TOUR
OCT 03 Birthdays w/ Kllo London, United Kingdom
OCT 04 Arch Space w/ Kllo London, United Kingdom
OCT 06 HÄKEN w/ Kllo Hamburg, Germany
OCT 07 Ideal Bar w/ Kllo Copenhagen, Denmark
OCT 09 Musik & Frieden w/ Kllo Berlin, Germany
OCT 10 MeetFactory w/ Kllo  Prague, Czech Republic
OCT 11 Rote Sonne w/ Kllo  Munich, Germany
OCT 12 Exil w/ Kllo Zürich, Switzerland
OCT 13 Costello Club w/ Kllo Madrid, Spain
OCT 14 Dabadaba w/ Kllo San Sebastián, Spain
NOV 07 Alphaville, Brooklyn, NY
NOV 08 Bar Datcha, Montreal, QC
NOV 16 Mills Hardware, Hamilton ON
NOV 17 The Baby G, Toronto, ON
DEC 03 Mississippi Studios w/ Suuns Portland, OR
DEC 04 Sunset Tavern w/ Suuns Seattle, WA
DEC 06 Swedish American Hall w/ Suuns San Francisco, CA
DEC 07 The Ritz w/ Suuns San Jose, CA
DEC 08 Lodge Room w/ Suuns Los Angeles, CA
DEC 09 Soda Bar w/ Suuns San Diego, CA

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TIME TRAVEL TRACKLIST
01. New Friends
02. Release Yourself
03. Saving Grace
04. Out Of This World (Minimal Dub)
05. Vanishing Point
06. Time Travel
07. One Thing
08. Mountainside

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BERNICE SHARE NEW VIDEO, ANNOUNCE WINTER TOUR DATES

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TOUR DATES BEGIN NOVEMBER 30

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"analytical, self-dissecting... a monument to ephemerality" - New York Times

“[Bernice] create a mesmerizing sound... so much so that it is easy to hit repeat on the track and you only realize a handful of hours later that's all you've been listening to.” - Noisey

“among the most interesting and underrated bands making music right now...beautiful, and not to be overlooked” - Exclaim!

“...a delightful access point to the cloudy emotional zones Bernice have always occupied, from a warm place of Snuggie-bound safety.” - NOW Magazine

"...spellbindingly good. It’s like watching an abstract painting form in front of you." - CBC Music

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In May of this year, rising Toronto experimental pop group Bernice released their Polaris Music Prize-longlisted album Puff LP: In the air without a shape – the minimalist follow-up to 2017’s maximalist, Grammy Award winner Shawn Everett produced, Puff EP. The EP garnered critical attention from from its first single “Glue”, which Stereogum lauded as both “gorgeous” and “surprising” and Pitchfork praised, noting that though Bernice’s enigmatic sound is difficult to categorize with traditional genre labels, “reinvention continues to be one of few constants in Bernice’s music, and they’re all the more interesting for it.” The latest offering, “He’s The Moon”, grabbing the attention of the New York Times who proclaimed it to be “a monument to ephemerality.”

Today, Bernice return with the serene, dreamlike video for album track “Passenger Plane” along with the announcement of new North American tour dates. Directed by Ayisha Gariba, the new visual, featuring Alpacas, citrus, bubbles, and lush Canadian greenery, perfectly bottles the phantasmal and carefree atmosphere of the song.

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"We didn't really have much planned before we started shooting, and although that is usually the recipe for a chaotic shoot, this was the exact opposite. I think everyone wanted the shoot to have a relaxing vibe and it did,” Ayisha Gariba says. “In terms of the vision, all that I really wanted to achieve was a video that was a little weird and so pretty that people would kind of forget how weird it was. I wanted to make sure that no one (including me) was ever taking anything too seriously during the process of making it, and I hope that no one takes it too seriously while watching it either. I just want people to get lost in this magical place with alpacas and bubbles for a few minutes," they continue.

"What could be better than a day with Shelley and her Alpacas?” rhetorically asks Bernice principal singer/songwriter Robin Dann. “She and her love for her long necked and deeply dopey herd were very, very sweet to behold and a perfect setting for a song about the city at night, old heartache resurfacing, and feeling like a speck in the universe. Ayisha brought bubbles and that helped too."

“Sometimes I still feel sad about stuff that happened a long time ago. It’s hard to let go of things, and actually, the pain of experience is something that makes me feel more myself so I am protective of it,” Dann previously explained of the meaning and inspiration behind the song. “Memory can feel like an alien at times, dropping down to overtake me. Biking along Dundas St past a night-time sidewalk celebration. Night time clouds, and the closeness in the city to strangers living full lives in strange parallels with our own,” adding that “the pitched-up vocal was a happy accident!”

BERNICE TOUR DATES:
Sep 29: Toronto, ON - Aga Khan Museum (Nuit Blanche Toronto)
Nov 30: Syracuse, NY - Spark Arts Space
Dec 1: Boston, MA - Lilypad
Dec 3: New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
Dec 5: Philadelphia, PA - Ortlieb's
Dec 6: Brooklyn, NY - Alphaville
Dec 7: Baltimore, MD - Joe Squared
Dec 8: Washington DC - Vinyl Lounge
Dec 10: Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
Dec 11: Bloomington, IN - Bishop
Dec 12: Cincinnati, OH - MOTR
Dec 13: Kalamazoo, MI - Shakespeare’s Pub
Dec 14: Guelph, ON - E Bar
Dec 15: Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware

+ More Dates To Be Announced Soon

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Puff LP: In the air without a shape is Bernice tackling pop minimalism; the stripped-down album touches on jazz as much as the enigmatic mix of pop, electronic, and R&B with their unique air of playfulness. Sitting between Enya, Julia Holter, Chairlift, and Deerhoof where clear vocal melodies fly kites over spare arrangements, Bernice’s new album attempts to mimic the playful intimacy of the band’s live show.

“Our goal was to capture how we really sound,” says Robin Dann of the new album, which also features new takes on EP standouts “David” and “St Lucia”. “Some people in a room, playing music together.”

Recording the album to tape at Breakglass Studios in Montreal (with the exception of “He’s The Moon” and “Passenger Plane”), the band fell in love with the open spaciousness of the studio and how much it allowed them to connect whilst performing. “The vocal booths have sightlines to the band room through windows. We did live takes of each song to tape. We could look at each other, try different things, mostly we got each song in a few takes,” said Dann of the recording process.

MORE PRAISE FOR BERNICE

“deeply textured, largely experimental songs filled with wondrous and mysterious sounds” - NPR's All Songs Considered

“intricate, dream-like music from deeply emotional lyrics and woozy electronic beats.” - Pitchfork

“Experimental jazz-pop that breathes” - The FADER

“gorgeous, surprising” - Stereogum

“occupies your subconscious, leaving vestiges of melodies and lyrics behind that lie dormant for stretches of time, resurfacing intermittently and maddeningly” - Tiny Mix Tapes

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TOUR DATES CONTINUE SEPTEMBER 25 - WESTERN CANADIAN DATES ADDED

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With only a few songs yet to be released from his upcoming ‘one-song-at-a-time’ LP, White & Gold, Danny Michel is now taking a complete left turn with the song and video for “Back Where You Started”. While White & Gold already features the 50s ‘Doo-Wop’ inspired “The Red Fox” and the dreamy, fuzzed out “Purgatory Cove”, for album cut “Back Where You Started”, Danny reminds us that he’s still got some rock in his blood.

In an ever-changing, crazy world maybe we need a little more crazy to stay sane. Danny delivers just that in “Back Where You Started” but, as always, wrapped in a sweet sentiment (even with an F-bomb). This song is for anyone in the middle of some type of life transition, and reminds that you’re not alone.

Written in 5/4 time with Danny playing all of the instruments, the video for “Back Where You Started” is something ‘completely different’, with Danny fusing his love for Monty Python with the new green screen in his garage.

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White & Gold will be out on October 12 on all streaming platforms, on CD and 10” vinyl, and accompanied by a wonderful wood carved cover created by artist Brian Bosch. Thus far, Danny has released four tracks from the album; “Born In The Wild”, a song for the brave kids of the #neveragain and #marchforourlives movement; the 50s ‘Doo-Wop’ inspired “The Red Fox”; the dreamy, fuzzed out “Purgatory Cove”; and “Nobody Rules You”, a stripped down back-to-school version of an old song, inspired by the school kids who’ve been covering it over the years.


WATCH AND SHARE “PURGATORY COVE” HERE

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WATCH AND SHARE “BORN IN THE WILD” HERE

WATCH AND SHARE “NOBODY RULES YOU” HERE

Recently, Danny launched Season 5 of Dan’s Space Van, a mobile web-series filmed inside a customized 1978 Chevy Vandura, airbrushed in a Star Trek theme. The Show travels the world, meets interesting people and features musical guests who perform in the Van’s diamond quilted, crushed red velvet interior. So far, Season 5 has seen performances by Joel Plaskett, Skye Wallace, and Bahamas.

WATCH DAN’S SPACE VAN WITH JOEL PLASKETT HERE

MORE ABOUT DANNY MICHEL
An adventurous and fearless artist, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics and charming performances have earned him a devoted fan base, nominations for three JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The CBC’s "Heart Of Gold". Most recently, he was the winner of two Canadian Folk Music Awards for "Producer Of The Year" and "Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundaries" for his album Khlebnikov.

Earlier this year, Danny spent some time in Morocco performing with Gold Medal Plates, with Jim Cuddy, Ed Robertson, and Jeremy Fisher. Watch his travel video from the trip, along with a performance of “Sad And Beautiful World” here. In December, Danny was in Belize to check in on the Ocean Academy School, a small non-profit community high school which he has been working to raise funds for since 2011. Watch a travel video of Danny at the Ocean Academy here.

TOUR DATES
Sep 25 - London, ON - Aeolian Hall : “Khlebnikov” With The London Symphonia (TICKETS)
Oct 17 - Burlington, ON - Legacy: A Tribute To Gord Downie (TICKETS)
Oct 18 - St. Catharines, ON -  Legacy: A Tribute To Gord Downie (TICKETS)
Nov 2 - Edmonton, AB - Myer Horowitz Theatre (TICKETS) #
Nov 3 - Canmore, AB - Communitea (TICKETS) #
Nov 4 - Calgary, AB - Ironwood Stage (2 Shows) (TICKETS) #
Nov 6 - Winnipeg, MB - WECC #
Nov 18 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre (TICKETS) #
Mar 21 - St. Catharines, ON - First Ontario Performing Arts Centre (TICKETS)
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