Category Archives: Singer/Songwriter

Lavender Child

Lavender Child is an amazing Toronto artist who uses ethereal dreamscape creations to inspire listeners to reconnect with nature, community, and themselves.

Her new single was recently released, it is from a forthcoming album. Personally I can’t wait to hear the rest of her stuff, she has an amazingly clear and beautiful voice.

“Happy Illusions” comes from my upcoming album Reflections which revolves around those moments of self reflection where you ask yourself, how am I contributing to this world? How are my actions influencing the environment and the people around me?
Lavender Child

Such an airy ethereal sound from Lavender Child, her soaring vocals take you back to the hippy dippy days of 1967. Ahh such memories. Or then again it could be the video, so dreamy and at one with nature.
All in all a beautiful single from Lavender Child.
Happy Illusions

Track Credits:
Composer – Lavender Child
Arrangers – Lavender Child, Paul Barton, Liam Cole, Brendan Moratz
Producer – Kyla Charter
Recording & Mixing Engineer – Phil Spencer
Assistant Engineers – Bryn Besse & Sarah Gribeauval
Mastering Engineer – Reuben Ghose
Drum – Liam Cole
Bass – Brendan Moratz
Guitar – Paul Barton
Violin – Jaimie McClyment
Piano/ Electronic Production – Cameron Breithaupt
Voice – Lavender Child

Video Credits:
Director & Editor – Dylan Mitro
Cinematographers – Sebastian Back & Shawn Tron
Assistant Camera- Max Stussi
Production Assistant- Iain Ailles
Dancers/Actors – Gabie Nestor, Hilary Dombokah, Tim Limsana, Raelynn Chase, Sydney McManus, Sam Morton
Make up – Mikayla Bruder & Chris Morro
Fashion – Filthy Rebena

 

Illyin Pipes

Today we have a great new group, to me at least,  from the great frozen north, Toronto, Canada.
They are down tempo synth-pop duo, Illyin Pipes, and they’ve just released their second single, “Daylight Confidant’’ from their debut EP Spaces.

“Daylight Confidant” dropped three days ago on December 1st and don’t forget to look out for the debut Illyin Pipes EP Spaces, February 2018.

“The song was written after a blurry night spent consoling a friend who was falling apart, while masking my own breakdown.” Jill Harris (vocalist of Illyin Pipes).

This single has a beautiful ethereal sound to it, glistening synths and the warmly awesome sound of Jill Harris. You just sink back into it and enjoy your surroundings.

Daylight Confidant

I don’t know how I missed this, but this was the first single from Illyin Pipes about four months ago and it is absolutely spellbinding.
Along with the scenery there is so much to enjoy with this video, once again there are the awesome glistening synths and the beautiful voice. Their sound is so warm and beautiful I just want to sink back and luxuriate in it.
Waking Up

Directed/Filmed/Produced by Illyin Pipes
© Illyin Pipes 2017

Chabliz

Thinking about some of the great bands I have featured before my mind wandered on to the warm, beautiful voice of Petra de Winter and her wonderful band Chabliz. So I set out to see what they had been up to.
Earlier this month they dropped their latest release “Straight Stories”. It’s been a few years in the making, but masterpieces take time. They recorded and produced this album themselves, a pretty heavy load I would have to guess.
As I mentioned the album is called “Straight Stories” and you need it in your collection.

Chabliz are the popnoir / gothicjazz band from the Netherlands, featuring the awesome voice of Petra de Winter, Pim van Riezen (piano) & Marcel Peters (acoustic double bass).

So, we’re all caught up right?  So let’s get to the music, the wonderful dark delicious sound that is Chabliz.

Here is the awesome title track from their previous album performed live @ de Regentenkamer, The Hague, during the album release show of the new “Straight Stories” album (2017):
Nightporter

“Nightporter” written by Petra de Winter and Marcel Peters. They wrote the song after watching Liliane Cavani’s movie “The Nightporter.”
“We apologize for the bad sound quality of this live video. For the bathroom/ swimming pool sound of it. Some of our fans abroad were waiting to watch a live video of our album release concert, so here it is. Hopefully it will give an impression anyway, despite the bad sound quality of this live video.” Chabliz

 

From the new album an amazing live version of the Michael Jackson song, a version like you have never heard before. This is totally unique, and beautiful in it’s dark grandeur. Throw in a touch of Bach, some opera and punk rock and you have the Chabliz concoction, awesome.
Billie Jean

Recorded & filmed by RikJanssen  & Eline van Hooff at June 12, 2016.

 

As I mentioned above it has taken a few years to bring this album, this masterpiece to fruition. In the meantime they were performing these songs here, there and everywhere. Honing the style and the arrangements. This is from a couple of years ago a very unique presentation (with a very cute angel) of track seven from the album.
Imitating Angels

Written by The Nymphs(Inger)
Little angel : Naomi Peters
Regie, camera, montage – Riske de Vries
Directed by Riske de Vries
Light & assist – Caroline Keman, Paula Vonhof, Marieke Huisman Visagie – Esther Phaff
Color grading – Tess van Schie.
Song production and mixing: Pim van Riezen and Petra de Winter
Song arrangement : Chabliz
Song mastering: Pim van Riezen, Arizona mastering, Petra de Winter.
Song recording: Pim van Riezen and Ap de Ree

 

Well you knew I wouldn’t let you go without a chance to listen to the album. But do yourself a favor and get your own copy, the song “Poppies in Flanders Fields” alone is worth the price of the album. I’m so glad they included it on the album.  A beautiful tribute to those that gave all.

Straight Stories