PUFF LP : IN THE AIR WITHOUT A SHAPE DUE OUT MAY 25 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
TORONTO HEADLINING SHOW, JUNE 6 AT THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND TICKETS HERE
“Robin Dann and her cast of musicians (who play for Owen Pallett and DIANA, among others) weave electronic dramas that balance tension and release, passion and intellectualism with an ease that betrays their collective experience and quality.” Exclaim! #1 EP of 2017
"[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
“carefree and expansive experimental pop… we need music like this more than ever.” - Stereogum (Best Songs Of The Week)
“Bernice's intricate pop music is clearly made by people who have honed their skills to the point of a Tungsten needle.” - NOW
“deeply textured, largely experimental songs filled with wondrous and mysterious sounds” - NPR Music, Bob Boilen
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Today, Toronto-based experimental pop group Bernice have announced their upcoming hometown headlining show, June 6 at The Drake Underground, and are sharing the new single “Passenger Plane” — the second offering from their new full-length. Songwriter/vocalist Robin Dann explains the meaning and inspiration behind the new track, stating “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. 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.” Dann adds that “the pitched-up vocal was a happy accident!”
Following the release of 2017’s maximalist Puff EP produced by Grammy Award-winner Shawn Everett, Bernice last month returned with the announcement of their minimalist follow up, Puff LP: In The Air Without A Shape, along with the relaxed and airy lead 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.”
Puff LP: In The Air Without A Shape, out May 25 via Arts & Crafts, 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, 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.
PUFF LP TRACKLIST
2. Passenger Plane
4. One Garden
5. He's The Moon
6. St Lucia
Jun 6 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Underground (Tickets)
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 2017 breakout Puff EP on Arts & Crafts was praised by Pitchfork (“intricate, dream-like music from deeply emotional lyrics and woozy electronic beats”), NPR ("deeply textured, largely experimental songs filled with wondrous and mysterious sounds"), Stereogum (Best EPs of 2017), Exclaim (#1 EP of 2017), Pigeons and Planes (“one of the most interesting bands out of Toronto right now”), The FADER, Noisey, Zane Lowe, and more.