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Her Harbour

Ottawa, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Ottawa, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Folk Dream Pop


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"Her Harbour shares haunting new visual for "Hewing Crowns" Read more at http://earmilk.com/2016/11/10/her-harbour-shares-haunting-new-visual-for-hewing-crowns/#WGLkI9LFToqzmq0O.99"

Her Harbour is a moniker you need to know, and it belongs to Canadian singer/songwriter Gabrielle Giguere.
A maker of dream folk / baroque pop, Giguere is today premiering the video for "Hewing Crowns", the first track known to Her Harbour's sophomore LP Go Gently Into The Night (out February 3/17 via E-Tron Records).
Edited by Mike Dubue, the "Hewing Crowns" clip consists of found footage from 1966 short film Silent Snow, Secret Show by Conrad Aiken. Encapsulating and accentuating the haunting feel of the track, the video is eerie in its essence.
On the topic, Giguere describes the track itself to be not only the oldest song on the album, but also as a "preface to the demons I attempted to quell in making the album". She goes on to say that she "chose it as the opening track and first release as I felt it introduced the space from which I started writing Go Gently Into The Night".

Read more at http://earmilk.com/2016/11/10/her-harbour-shares-haunting-new-visual-for-hewing-crowns/#WGLkI9LFToqzmq0O.99 - Earmilk

"Track Premiere: Her Harbour “Chime & Knell”"

If ever a poetic introduction for the song it deserved, then “Chime & Knell“, the stunning new track from Her Harbour, is it. Gabrielle Giguere’s talk of such seasonal stylings is beautifully played out in real time, her new song quietly, gently coming to life across six-and-a-half exquisite minutes; a stretch of time that instantly propels Her Harbour to 2017’s most illustrious class of newcomers.

Led by a soft run of keys and Giguere’s exceptionally evocative lead voice, the new track acts as the most compelling of foreword’s to her new album, which is released early next month, and it positively aches with solitude. “In a season that had always seemed abundant with life, I felt haunted by death, she says, of the track’s inspiration. “I saw it in the landscape and everything that surrounded me.”

Similarly haunting to lead track “Hewing Crowns“, Chime & Knell leaves a mightily impressive mark. While there can sometimes be an eagerness to reveal your full hand on debut releases, what’s perhaps most impressive is the nature by which Her Harbour keeps so much hidden. The mood is vague and dream-like throughout but such blurriness lends an ever greater sense of both intrigue and wonderment to the track, which, while shaped by solemnity, exudes a sense of calm and, perhaps, hope, amid the surrounding gloam. Listen below. - GoldFlakePaint

"Her Harbour Go Gently Into the Night"

Since 2010, Her Harbour has changed from band to solo act several times, but it's always reflected Gabrielle Giguere's unearthly lo-fi folk sound, characterized by the blanket of autoharp and piano wrapped around her melodious voice and spine-tingling, largely autobiographical songs.

Her Harbour's sophomore album, Go Gently Into the Night, is a reminder of mortality via themes of seasons, deadly changes and moon phases. Giguere's songwriting and vocal abilities have sharpened since her 2013 debut Winter's Ghosts, and her poetic descriptions of deterioration pair well with the experimentation of her voice as an instrument. Some words are stretched completely out of their meanings, the sounds becoming part of the song structure — especially on "Below Breaths" and "Memento Mori."

Additional vocals by Philippe Charbonneau (Scattered Clouds) and Isaac Vallentin flesh out the choir on the cavernous soundscapes here, which are complemented by strings from Mika Posen (Merganzer), vibraphone from Olivier Fairfield (Timber Timbre, Last Ex) and keys from Dave Draves, who recorded Go Gently Into the Night at Little Bullhorn Productions.

The album meditates on heartbreak and grief, as on "In Nude, in Fog and River," with the patient but raw lines: "Jealous boy, you'd rather I die than sing / Jealous boy, you'd rather I die than swim in nude…" Though morose, Go Gently Into the Night isn't quite morbid. The usual memento mori, a human skull, never materializes, though ghosts, hearses and other bones float by. The widely accepted idea that spring is a time only of renewal and birth is simply refuted here, with depictions of both the delight and despair that come with the acceptance of mortality. (E-Tron Records) - Exclaim!

"Her Harbour: indie folk d’hiver. Introspectif et...incroyablement beau."

Elle s’appelle Gabrielle Giguère et son projet Her Harbour a vu le jour en 2011. On peut entendre ses premiers extraits musicaux sur son Bandcamp, mais c’est véritablement à l’écoute de son album Winter’s Ghosts que l’on peut mieux comprendre son univers musical.

Ce disque, enregistré dans la maison familiale, propose 9 pièces indie folk où le piano occupe une place de choix, ou encore l’autoharp et la guitare. Mais surtout la voix, cette voix séduisante, envoûtante qui n’est pas sans rappeler Joana Newsom, voire quelques intonations de CocoRosie, ou même parfois, des petits côtés à la Cat Power. Des similitudes musicales dont elle n’a pas à être gênée, disons-le comme ça.

L’univers de la jeune femme est teinté d’une nostalgie palpable, de souvenirs et d’un certain vague à l’âme qui nous inspirent l’introspection et nous donnent envie de s’arrêter là, comme ça, à simplement regarder le temps qui passe.

La voix est belle, toute en délicatesse, mais avec un vécu, une maturité qui touche, qui émeut. Lorsqu'elle s'accompagne de choeurs? C'est de la magie. Mais dans l'ensemble, c'est tout simplement d’une incroyable beauté.

Elle était récemment de passage au Cagibi à Montréal, et 2014 s’amorce pour elle en accompagnant Esmerine, une autre formation à ne pas rater (superbe en show, à voir absolument). Par contre, c’est à Wakefield. En attendant un retour à Montréal, on écoute son album complet dans notre playlist ci-haut, ou encore sur son Bandcamp. - Nightlife Magazine

"Ottawa’s Her Harbour retreated to her childhood home to write album"

Few people in modern music are disarmingly honest. But Ottawa singer-songwriter Gabrielle Giguere, performing under her moniker Her Harbour, is just that.

“I got to lock myself up and put it all out there without censoring myself,” said Giguere of her first EP, the indie-folk flavoured Winter’s Ghosts, which is being released on E-tron records this Saturday at St. Luke’s Church.

Possessing a voice that channels Regina Spektor and Sharon Van Etton simultaneously, Giguere’s music is at once hauntingly ethereal and visceral.

“I grew up listening to Nina Simone and love Cat Power,” said the former vocal-jazz student who has also performed in local groups like the Bytown Boys.

Dealing with themes of heartbreak, loss and abuse, Winter’s Ghosts is a collection of intense and intimate songs that perfectly showcases Giguere’s old-soul vocals and songwriting gifts. Giguere says that the honesty at work in this album terrifies her.

“Music has been like a shelter of sorts for me,” said Giguere.

She retreated to her childhood home to record the album from February 2011 to 2012 after a prolific five-month songwriting period in Vancouver with her new autoharp in tow. Learning autoharp five years ago changed her relationship with songwriting,

“Before, it was always a two person process but became something I could do by myself.”

Giguere could be without pressures by recording home alone, though those namesake ghosts kept returning in the songwriting. “There’s still songs that scare me to perform,” she said.

One of those includes Your Bibles, a self-described “spooky-song” that has revealed more in live shows than in the initial writing.

“It can be really painful at times, but also therapeutic,” said the soft-spoken Giguere.

She recorded the lead vocals and main instrument, then built on everything.

“It was such a selfish process just letting myself do what felt right.”

While recording, she would send songs to a few close musician friends who ended up adding a clarinet solo, backing violins and even soundscape elements for an album rich in sonic texture.

“For the album release we’re putting together a full band” she said, which will include members of the Love Machine and Andre M. Bluteau.

After that, Her Harbour will be performing at Bluesfest.

“It’s exciting,” she said adding she hopes to do a mini-tour of Eastern Canada this summer. - Metro News


The word “haunting” has more or less become a music-criticism cliché, but no other word can describe the chills Gabrielle Giguere’s voice and compositions can cause. In layman’s terms her music combines quiet folk and baroque pop, but the combination of the two is in fact otherworldly. Stark compositions will draw you in and make you feel vulnerable. - Ride The Tempo

"Introducing: Her Harbour “Petunia” & “Phinn’s”"

“If Haley Bonar, Regina Spektor, and Beth Orton had a love-child-song that would be Petunia. Petunia is a beautiful simple song that weaves in and out of harmony like a early spring breeze over the desolate winter frost-bitten Earth.”

“I really like the minimalist approach of this song and how it highlights Giguere’s voice. When she sings “Black coffee and the morning spins” I actually get goosebumps, but when her voice carves out the “the gale I call my heart” I think my stomach leaps into my chest.“ - Volume City


Go Gently Into the Night (LP February 2017)

Winter's Ghosts (LP April 2013) 

Hudson NY, 2010 (EP March 2012)



Go Gently Into the Night, out February 3rd on E-Tron Records, is the second full length album, Gabrielle Giguère releases under the moniker Her Harbour. The Montreal born, Ottawa based singer-songwriter wrote and produced the album’s eight baroque pop/dream folk songs employing autoharp and piano as her primary instruments of accompaniment as well as a variety of bowed bells, vintage synths and electric pianos to craft it’s delicate arrangements. Mika Posen (Agnes Obel, Timber Timbre), Philippe Charbonneau (Evening Hymns, Jim Bryson) and Olivier Fairfield (Timber Timbre, Last Ex) are among the musicians who contributed to it’s choirs, strings and orchestral percussion. Go Gently Into the Night, is an album set in the four Canadian seasons and focuses on how life and mortality occupy them. “I wrote the songs at a time where death felt omnipresent. This album has been my attempt at making peace with it as character of growing importance in my life.” Of the album’s first single Hewing Crowns, which premiered via Earmilk  last November, Adam Carter of CBC said, “When it's just you and a piano, there's nowhere to hide your imperfections. Luckily for us, Her Harbour's ‘Hewing Crowns’ doesn't really have any. It might feel slightly hyperbolic to say there's a bravery to a track like this, but it's rare to find something so pure. It's as picturesque as it is haunting.” 

Following the release of her debut album Winter’s Ghost on E-Tron Records, Her Harbour was named “Female Vocalist of the Year” by Radio Canada’s Medium Large, Nightlife Magazine’s “Artiste à Découvrir” and featured in Independent Music News Uk’s “20 Canadian Acts to Look out for in 2014”, among other accolades. Her Harbour has showcased at festivals including NXNE, Sled Island, Kazoo! Fest, CityFolk, Megaphono, Ottawa Bluesfest, Arboretum Festival and performed as a as an opening act for notable artists including Agnes Obel, Chad Van Gaalen, Great Lake Swimmers and Eserine.

“When it's just you and a piano, there's nowhere to hide your imperfections. Luckily for us, Her Harbour's ‘Hewing Crowns’ doesn't really have any. It might feel slightly hyperbolic to say there's a bravery to a track like this, but it's rare to find something so pure. It's as picturesque as it is haunting.” - Adam Carter CBC Radio 1

“While there can sometimes be an eagerness to reveal your full hand on debut releases, what’s perhaps most impressive is the nature by which Her Harbour keeps so much hidden. The mood is vague and dream-like throughout but such blurriness lends an ever greater sense of both intrigue and wonderment.” - GoldFlakePaint

“there's something like hope pulling the words from her body, the melody from her bones. It's a beautiful meditation on loss and love.” - Andrea Warner CBC Music

“[Chime and Knell] personifies what music is – something to be experienced, where we completely lose ourselves inside Giguere’s beautiful fantasy.” - The Revue 

L'univers de la jeune femme est teinté d'une nostalgie palpable, de souvenirs et d'un certain vague à l'âme qui nous inspirent l'introspection et nous donnent envie de s'arrêter là, comme ça, à simplement regarder le temps qui passe.” - Nightlife.ca

... haunting and beautiful songs.” - Brooklyn Vegan

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