TESS ROBY

Shares new video "Given Signs"

Debut LP 'Beacon' out now via Italians Do It Better  - European tour this autumn

After releasing her debut album earlier this year via Italians Do It Better, Montreal musician Tess Roby is sharing a new video for standout track "Given Signs" , which was filmed in and around Los Angeles and directed by Tess Roby herself & Hugo Bernier. 


Tess Roby will tour Europe this autumn with a headline London show on October 1st at the Shacklewell Arms. 

 

Tess Roby is an artist with a vision. The Montreal-based photographer and musician, an eight-year veteran of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, seems utterly original, moving with a restless energy toward the sublime. Her sound betrays an intrepid longing to discover and explore, to reject convention and transcend cliché: Roby is a born traveller, absorbing everything she hears and making it new. Ethereal and crystalline, bathed sumptuously in synths, her music is heady, dreamy, singular — a transmission from parts unknown. The classical training and aesthetic omnivorousness combine like worlds colliding.
 
Roby’s debut album Beacon was written in 2015, following the death of her father. She collaborated with her brother Eliot to create what they describe as a kind of spiritual homage — both to her father and to the Beacon, where the family travelled often. Roby recorded these songs with the drum machines and synthesizers she found in her father’s recording studio, and galvanized by his spirit she imbued the music with love, movement, whispers, memories, and pain. “All the while the Beacon remained effervescent in my mind,” Roby remembers. “Visions of it ablaze on the hilltop, standing motionless while I searched for understanding.” 

 

See Tess Roby live:


1st Oct - Shackewell Arms, London UK
2nd Oct - The Louisiana, Bristol UK*
3rd Oct - The Soup Kitchen, Manchester, UK*
4th Oct - Oslo, London, UK*
5th Oct - Bodega, Nottingham, UK*
7th Oct - The Hope and Ruin, Brighton, UK*
9th Oct - New Morning, Paris, France*
10th Oct - Le Groom, Lyon, France*
11th Oct - Pont Rouge, Monthey, Switzerland*
* - with Men I Trust

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TESS ROBY

Shares new single "Given Signs"

Announces debut album 'Beacon' set for release May 4th via Italians Do It Better

Shares new single & video "Catalyst"

Montreal-based artist Tess Roby has announced news of her debut album 'Beacon' set for release May 4th (UK) via Italians Do It Better. 


The record was written shortly after the death of her father and is largely inspired by her time spent in Lancashire, where the family travelled often. Laden with crystalline electronics, the first single & video from the record"Catalyst" is streaming online now. 

The Beacon crowns Ashurst Hill in Dalton, Lancashire, looming over the verdant English countryside nearly six hundred feet above sea level. This spartan brick monolith was erected in 1798 as a watch tower to warn of French invasion during the Napoleonic War — and there it silently remains, keeping infinite vigil. It stands in Tess Roby’s mind. The Beacon calls to her. “Throughout my life I have felt the pull to return to it,” she says. “I’m beckoned by father’s roots and by the sullen landscape of fields leading to the coast.”
 
Tess Roby is an artist with a vision. The Montreal-based photographer and musician, an eight-year veteran of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, seems utterly original, moving with a restless energy toward the sublime. Her sound betrays an intrepid longing to discover and explore, to reject convention and transcend cliché: Roby is a born traveller, absorbing everything she hears and making it new. Ethereal and crystalline, bathed sumptuously in synths, her music is heady, dreamy, singular — a transmission from parts unknown. The classical training and aesthetic omnivorousness combine like worlds colliding.
 
Roby’s debut album Beacon was written in 2015, following the death of her father. She collaborated with her brother Eliot to create what they describe as a kind of spiritual homage — both to her father and to the Beacon, where the family travelled often. Roby recorded these songs with the drum machines and synthesizers she found in her father’s recording studio, and galvanized by his spirit she imbued the music with love, movement, whispers, memories, and pain. “All the while the Beacon remained effervescent in my mind,” Roby remembers. “Visions of it ablaze on the hilltop, standing motionless while I searched for understanding.” 

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