The summer of 2017 saw the release of the first record for Canadian singer and songwriter Camille Delean. Ten songs recorded in England and Canada, in collaboration with London’s Ben Walker (Josienne Clarke) and Montreal’s Michael Feuerstack (Snailhouse, Wooden Stars, Bell Orchestre, the Luyas).
She met Walker in a London pub, where she was performing her songs for the first time, a-cappella. They would spend the next two years playing together; gradually they began work on a record, at his house and at Urchin Studios in Hackney.
Life in London was interrupted abruptly. Another relocation, this time to Montreal, led her to Michael Feuerstack, with whom she resumed work on the UK recordings. He would co-produce the remaining sessions, playing numerous instruments himself with contributions from pianist Mathieu Charbonneau (Timber Timbre, Avec Pas d’Casque) and violinist Joshua Zubot.
The record features musicians from both sides of the Atlantic who have never met, but a clear and unwavering vision lends it cohesion. Together they create a three-dimensional sound, floating from intimate textures to open air, a distant horizon. Restrained rhythms, ankle-deep piano, weaving guitars. Wind-riding vocals navigate, pedal steel and violin hover. The music is deliberately subtle; firmly rooted in traditional song, but unafraid to veer off the trodden path.
Live performance features a malleable lineup of collaborators according to the location and venue, as a further exploration of the world mapped out in the recordings. A reverie of gathered sounds and geography.
Born and raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates recently won two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year. He’s received praise from the likes of John Mayer, was nominated as Sirius XM’s The Coffee House Discovery of the Year and will be supporting Passenger for his upcoming European tour.
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