ANNOUNCE VINYL ME, PLEASE ‘RISING SERIES’ EXCLUSIVE 12” RELEASE
PUFF EP OUT JUNE 16 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
“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/BEATS1
“a pulsing revelation of deconstructed dream pop“ - CBC
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Bernice, the Toronto-based project of vocalist/songwriter Robin Dann, today shares new single “David” taken from the band’s forthcoming Puff EP, their first release for Arts & Crafts, due out June 16. Premiering today via Noisey, Dann explains the intricacies of “David” both as the track name and as an ode to sadness:
“David is the name I chose to be everyone at once. He was a king of Scotland, the King of Israel, 'beloved' boy,” Dann explains. “I wanted the name to be a symbol of the lows that everyone can feel, but some feel so much more deeply than others. The song is a sort of ode to sadness, and to all of the ugly and beautiful layers it brings to life.”
Along with the new single, Bernice also announce that Vinyl Me, Please is releasing an exclusive 12” pressing of the new Puff EP for their Rising series, showcasing up-and-coming talent. Read the new Vinyl, Me Please interview and pre-order the limited edition 12” EP.
Co-produced by Grammy-winning producer Shawn Everette (Alabama Shakes) and Matt Smith (Owen Pallett), Puff is 5 of 11 songs to be released in 2017, and presents a thicker, colorful side of Bernice's sound.
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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).
LISTEN AND SHARE PREVIOUSLY RELEASED PUFF SINGLES
“St Lucia” “Don't Wanna Be European” “Talking About Her”