PUFF EP OUT JUNE 16 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
ON TOUR WITH CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON
“crafts intricate, dream-like music from deeply emotional lyrics and woozy
electronic beats.” - Pitchfork
“from the realm of low key bedroom pop to a strobe lit dancefloor” - The FADER
“carefree and expansive experimental pop“ - Stereogum (Best Songs Of The Week)
“blends melodies reminiscent of artists like Sade with the playful sounds of artists like Deerhoof and Dirty Projectors.” - Pigeons & Planes
“A real standard of musicality and musicianship“ - Zane Lowe / Beats 1
“a pulsing revelation of deconstructed dream pop...Bernice is stretching and molding the shape of pop music to come by turning melodies into 3D soundscapes.“ - CBC
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Bernice, the Toronto-based project of vocalist/songwriter Robin Dann, today announces Puff – the band's first EP for Arts & Crafts, due out 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.
Along with the announcement of the new EP, Bernice also share the new single “Talking About Her”. Vocalist/songwriter Robin Dann explains the track as being about “friends talking about friends, talking about friends. And why we all do it and why we can't help it. And how it's sometimes hurtful, but ultimately, probably, ok, and how, really, we just love each other.”
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.
Bernice is currently on tour supporting Charlotte Day Wilson and is performing at Canadian Music Week tonight (Tuesday, 4/19) and tomorrow (Wednesday, 4/20) and Mod Club in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week.
BERNICE TOUR DATES:
4/19: Toronto, ON - Mod Club (CMW)^
4/20 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club (CMW)^
4/22 - Montreal, QC - Phi Centre^
4/27: Ste-Thérèse, QC - Cabaret BMO*
4/28: Ste-Agathe-Des-Monts, QC - Le Patriote*
4/29: Victoriaville, QC - Cabaret Guy-Aubert*
6/3 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
8/5 - Sackville, NB - Sappyfest
* w/ Martha Wainwright
^ w/ Charlotte Day Wilson
More About Bernice:
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.
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 have been performing actively since late 2010 and have released one full-length album (what was that, 2011), an EP (when I know how to climb, 2013), and a “cassingle” in 2015, all released independently. Bernice’s single “St Lucia”, released in November of 2016, received praise from Zane Lowe, Stereogum, and The Fader, and the follow up single “Don't Wanna Be European”, released in February of 2017, was praised by Pitchfork, who said Bernice “crafts intricate, dream-like music from deeply emotional lyrics and woozy electronic beats.” The bands upcoming Puff EP and upcoming album were co-produced by Grammy Award-winner Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Lucius) and Matt Smith (Owen Pallett).
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