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Jenny Berkel

Montréal, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE | AFM

Montréal, Canada | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter

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"Jenny Berkel Cicada"

Jenny Berkel — like her sister Kay and their frequent collaborator Daniel Romano — is a quintessential Americana performer. But while those other two country crooners steep their songs in the genre's traditions until those tunes sound warmly nostalgic, Jenny Berkel's latest release is instead more abstract and less accessible. And that makes it all the more daring and exciting.

Dubbed Cicada, the new EP's six tunes are minimalistic and subtle. The release opens with "How Red the Bloom," which begins with a warbling drone that sounds organic and archaic, liked an aged gospel organ, until electric hisses permeate its notes, making the listener wonder whether or not they're instead hearing vintage electronica (turns out that the instrument is indeed a synthesiser, played by Ian Kehoe of Marine Dreams). That ambiguity carries throughout the track, as Berkel sings about a "memory of something good" amongst drizzling acoustic strums that are emphasized by thunderclap drums.

"Pale Moon," one of the EP's closing tracks, is much less opaque; chalk that up to the liltingly high singing that Jenny has reserved for this song, helping her evoke Celtic folk over whisper-gentle acoustic guitar strums. "Love is a Dark Thing" is even more straightforwardly catchy, with a trotting tempo on the verses that bursts into a full on gallop for the plugged-in folk-rock chorus, becoming the EP's most upbeat moment by far. That mellow-brisk dynamic, and the smouldering tone that Berkel takes on while singing this song, make it sound like a Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac demo. Midway track "All That You Do" is more smoothly subdued but, like "Love is a Dark Thing," it also evokes the rich warmth of a '70s studio.

Despite that immaculate sheen, "All That You Do," is an acoustic live cut, which is but one of the many testaments to Jenny Berkel's deftly nuanced, assuredly offbeat talents, which are all on full display throughout this quirky, must-own EP. (Independent) - Exclaim!


"Jenny Berkel "All That You Do" (ft. Daniel Romano & the Trillums) (live video)"

Montreal-based folk femme Jenny Berkel embarked on a European jaunt with her frequent tourmate Daniel Romano and his band the Trilliums last fall, and now a particularly memorable night of the trip has been documented in a new performance video. The black-and-white footage was taken at the pair's gig at the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam, and Exclaim! has got your first look at it.

Unbeknownst to the performers, the show sold out the floor to 800 audience members —an impressive feat for the first-time visitors. In addition to Berkel and Romano's performance of "All That You Do," the video captures the duo's awe and appreciation for the crowd's extraordinary showing.

"It was an honour to join Daniel's band for his tour in Europe," Berkel said in a statement to Exclaim! about the new video. "While I had heard some whisperings of his success there, particularly in the Netherlands, it was quite a shock to walk into the legendary Paradiso and find out that so many tickets had been sold! Playing on a stage with such a rich history was quite thrilling, especially with hundreds of people in the audience. As somebody who comes from a very Dutch background, there couldn't have been a more "gezellig" (a Dutch adjective to describe a cozy feeling or sense of belonging) way to kick-start what ended up being a truly great two month long tour across Europe."

Ian Romano, the brother, producer and bandmate to Daniel who kept the attendance numbers a secret from his fellow performers, added: "Well, this is certainly proof that you need to put in the time to find your audience. Hell, they might have been there for years and you wouldn't have even known that anyone cared about what you did. The expression on Dan and Jenny's faces was priceless walking into Paradiso. I'm happy no one blew it!"

Berkel is slated to release her latest, Daniel Romano-produced album Pale Moon Kid later this year, while Romano himself has a couple records in the works. For now, though, watch the rootsy Canadian duo win over the Dutch audience with their performance of "All That You Do" below. - Exclaim!


"Weaves, Ibeyi, Miike Snow, Jenny Berkel, more: songs you need to hear this week"

Jenny Berkel, ‘How Red the Bloom’

Sometimes it's good to rely on your pals. Maybe when you're feeling low, or you need a shoulder to cry on or, more often (depending on your age), if you find yourself stuck in the house all day, then you can head out and see a friend of yours and your day immediately gets brighter. Jenny Berkel, a young songwriter from Tillsonberg, Ont., with this dark, velvet voice, knew she could make a better album if she just, again, called her friends. So for her new EP she called up Canadian indie-folk stars — people you'd only hear on Radio 2 Morning, including Tamara Lindeman from the Weather Station, Michael Feuerstack and the king of mosey, Daniel Romano. These aren't names you might necessarily know, but they are names that you will — they're all making some of the greatest new dark folk music in this country and, more importantly, they're friends helping friends.

— Tom Power (@tompowercbc) - CBC


"Jenny Berkel"

Haunting, ethereal and visceral are just a few of the many words that could be selected to describe Jenny Berkel's music. The Winnipeg-based folk songstress is reflective and poignant in imagery-saturated lyrics, which welcome listeners into her world—the joys, the sorrows and everything in between.

Berkel's latest album, Here On A Wire, was an incredibly personal and introspective undertaking, dedicated to her grandparents who were killed in a car accident three years ago. Berkel is now in the midst of writing new material that has taken on a more upbeat tone, though she jokes her idea of upbeat isn't what most would consider to be so.

“I've been writing songs with more movement in them. Usually I just pick my guitar; I haven't ever been much of a strummer, but I've been working on getting more diversity to my songs and different pacings,” she explains over the phone from Nelson, BC, following an appearance at the Tiny Lights Festival in Ymir, adding she's also been working to take a more observant approach with her lyrics, rather than pouring everything out in an immensely personal way. “I was reading Rainer Maria Rilke when I was in France and he had a revelation with his writing where he started writing—I think he called them picture things—and taking something and writing about that something and still bringing up things that everyone can relate to, but not saying it from a very introspective, personal point.”

It was during this time in Europe (a three-month period in February touring with David Simard) when Berkel began to shed some of her previous inclinations when it came to her writing—particularly the mindset that she wasn't capable of writing on the road.

“I always think I have to have a home base to write and this is the first time I've been on the road and managed to figure out how to write in the company of other people, and even while physically travelling on a road or train,” says Berkel, who's been performing some of the new material from that trip during recent shows and plans to get to work on an album this fall. “I'm a very private person and I like my solitude, and I'd always assumed that that situation had to be created for me before I could work on something. I feel very aware of my surroundings when I'm writing. I'm not sure exactly what changed in my mind or my understanding of my space, but I've been able to very much focus in on what I'm doing and not pay attention to my surroundings.” - Vue Weekly


"Jenny Berkel Signs to Pheromone Recordings, Releases New 'Cicada' EP"

Canadian folk gem Jenny Berkel released her sophomore record Here on a Wire back in 2012 and has since been playing and working in the studio with Daniel Romano. Now, she's signed to Pheromone Recordings in a deal that should see the creative output continue.

Before Berkel releases anything in conjunction with her new label home, however, she's self-released a brand new EP titled Cicada. The six-song set is available now and features songs recorded over the last two years. Tamara Lindeman of the Weather Station, Michael Feuerstack, Kay Berkel and the aforementioned Romano all make appearances on the EP.

Feuerstack guests on "Love Is a Dark Thing," which you can hear below. Berkel described him in a press release as "one of the greatest songwriters in this country." She continued, "As I was writing this song, I could already hear his warm, gentle voice singing it with me."

She's also shared a collaboration with Lindeman called "How Red the Bloom." "She has such a rich and expansive voice," Berkel explained. "I thought it would be perfect on this song. We sent it to her in Toronto and she swiftly sent it back with these perfectly eerie harmonies."

Plans for an upcoming LP on Pheromone Recordings will be revealed soon, but before then, you can see Berkel perform at the Burdock in Toronto on December 18 with Marine Dreams. You can also listen to "Love Is a Dark Thing" and "How Red the Bloom" in the players below, and pick up the new EP here. - Exclaim!


"Jenny Berkel 'How Red the Bloom'"

The cicada is sometimes romanticized as living solely to sing, a vision and purpose that Jenny Berkel has in common with that most uncommon of creature. Berkel’s evocative intonations and poetic lyrics on her debut album, Here on a Wire, have drawn many a listener in.

Berkel recently announced a new EP collection of songs called Cicada, recorded throughout the past two years and featuring guests and friends Daniel Romano, Michael Feuerstack, and The Weather Station, who joins Berkel on Cicada‘s opening song, “How Red the Bloom”.

Cicada will be a very limited edition CD released on November 19; pre-orders are available now via Bandcamp. Jenny Berkel will play two Canadian release shows in the coming months: November 19 at Bar Le Ritz PDB in Monytreal, QC with Bantam Wing and December 18 at Toronto’s Burdock Music Hall with Marine Dreams‘ Ian Kehoe. - Quick Before It Melts


"Here on a Wire"

Throw me a bone, I am desperate for a home / To hide these dangerous wounds.” Jenny Berkel sings these words on “Love Is A Stone,” which sets the tone of her enthralling and starkly beautiful debut album, Here On A Wire. Written and recorded after Berkel moved from her home in the lush woodlands of southern Ontario to the vast emptiness of the Manitoba prairie, Here On A Wire is an album about needing to belong — and the inexplicable pull of the horizon.

“My longing to belong somewhere is, I think, really an internal thing,” Berkel says. “I’m not sure I’m going to find that perfect place that’s going to make me feel at rest. Lyrically, it ends up playing out in a geographical way. It is that, but it’s also, I think, a very internal hunt.” Suspended between the desire to make a home and the restlessness of emotion, the songs on Here On A Wire are always in motion, flirting with stability before launching themselves back into uncertainty. Outlined by sparse guitar chords and coloured in by her impossibly fey voice, they are bleak and haunting and deeply familiar.

But Berkel addresses more than the question of belonging. Here On A Wire was also shaped by tragedy.
“My grandparents died in a car accident while I was living in Manitoba,” she says, “and that was right in the middle of a lot of those songs. Some of the songs came after and some of the songs came before, but that happened, and having something like that happen when you’re far away? I was present there, even though I was living in Manitoba.”

Berkel’s emotional state is reflected on songs like “Watching Your Ghost” and “Crook of Now & Then,” which capture the agony of wanting to leave and wanting to stay and not knowing what to do.
Here On A Wire, which was produced by Matt Peters of Waking Eyes and Royal Canoe, was released last spring. Earlier this year, Berkel released a single song called “Like A Rope,” which builds on the sound of Here On A Wire while pushing her sound away from folk and into alt-country, to which her delicately powerful voice is suited. Stripped down to the bone and drenched in reverb, “Like A Rope” is, like Here On A Wire, evidence that Berkel’s home cannot be found on a map, but in the recording studio and on the stage. - Verb Magazine


"Music Montag: Jenny Berkel"

Music Montag: Jenny Berkel
by James Glazebrook

“Haunt folk”, really? We’re fans of this new-maybe-going-to-not-quite-happen sub-genre, but we are big fans of its finest (only?) proponent, Jenny Berkel. To us, the Canadian singer-songwriter’s music just sounds like good folk: stark, delicate and, by turns, frosty and warm. Berkel is playing Berlin this week as part of her European tour, so check out the charmingly lo-fi animated video for “Like a Rope” below, stream the debut album Here on a Wire on her website, and catch her arresting live show at Vögelchen this Saturday (April 6th). - uBerlin


"MUSIC REVIEW: JENNY BERKEL - HERE ON A WIRE"

Berkel arrives in the province this week, on the heels of the release of her debut disc. Ontario raised, but now Winnipeg-based by choice, Berkel is a modern folk artist, with acoustic songs and intense imagery, personal and poignant. She ain't no Joni wanna-be though; it's more intimate music than that, hushed sometimes, ethereal and almost spooky as well.

While her acoustic forms the base, there's a rich tone around the songs, with orchestral touches giving the music a deeper resonance. Acoustic bass, cello, French horn, and lots of percussion tricks give most tracks body and help with the overall haunted feel as well. Somebody..."they"... are calling it Haunt Folk, and I guess that works just fine.

At heart she is a folkie, the cut Watching Your Ghost owning a structure and melody that could have come out of a 17th century collection: "Oh, I loved you then, I love you now my love." There's even a spoken-word piece. Berkel's singing voice has ancient qualities as well, as she's a singer rather than a rocker. Catch her performance this week, on Wednesday May 16th at Fusion Cafe in Woodstock, on Saturday in Sackville at the Bridge Street Cafe, and then later, May 25th in Fredericton at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. - CBC New Brunswick


"Jenny Berkel - Here on a Wire"

It's hard to believe that Here on a Wire is Jenny Berkel's debut LP. Originally from Ontario, the Winnipeg, MB-based singer-songwriter has cut her teeth on a number of Canadian festival stages, opening for Amelia Curran on several occasions as well. Still, the mini-tour de force that is her first record is a wonderful surprise. Berkel comes off as quite an assured and accomplished songwriter with an almost instinctive understanding of how to create memorable and engaging songs. Berkel's languid vocal style is distinct here, beautifully contrasted by the hypnotic rhythm of strings and crashing cymbals. Her timbre maintains its rich texture even when it takes on a hazy quality, as when her voice appears to drift off on the last syllable of a word or at the end of a verse. And though her delivery may not appeal to everyone equally, her voice is undeniably warm, earthy and inviting. "You Don't Hesitate" and "Come a Long Way" are two haunting pieces that leave glowing embers behind in your memory long after they finish. If this is what a mini-tour de force looks like for Jenny Berkel, we can only imagine what time, sweat and talent will bring out of her in the future.
(Independent) - Exclaim


"Ramble On"

The Bus Stop Theatre was re-arranged, the traditional rows of seats eschewed for a makeshift cafe aesthetic as Jenny Berkel slid quietly on stage. She has a voice like thin, ghost-white sheets hanging on the line; she’s soft, slight and angelic, at the same time tearing at the wind like a siren. Her shimmering, down-tempo folk – strung out with sparkling reverbs and fiendish Fender Deluxe tones – was filling the Bus Stop with a quiet catharsis. Nick Everett joined her on bass, extending gigantic low ends to the far flung reaches of the world as he stooped low and played with the sustain in a rumbling bellow. Her smile – and her songs – were scathingly beautiful as she ripped through porchfront poetics and rural nostalgia, a stalwart of pure grace. - Dalhousie Gazette


"Here on a Wire"

You can pick up the debut album from Jenny Berkel via Amazon or CD Baby. The powerful folk singer speaks of circumstances and experiences in a vivid and candid manner. The eleven songs bounce off each other, creating a front to end enjoyable listening experience.

— Kathryn Kyte - New Canadian Music


"Watching Your Ghost"

I couldn’t find anything I liked on the blogs I normally check each day, and nothing interesting had arrived in my inbox today. Nothing really caught my ear on Hype Machine, either, so I decided to dig a little deeper through my email to see if there was anything I might have missed, and sure enough there was a release about Jenny Berkel‘s debut record Here On A Wire that had gone completely by me earlier.

Coming from Winnipeg by way of rural Ontario, Berkel has spent the past two years compiling the material that forms this collection, which was produced by Matt Peters of Royal Canoe and Waking Eyes fame. The release describes her tracks as “awash with quiet images of ghosts, dreams, lost love, and cityscape,” which sounds like an appropriate match for Berkel’s smoky, wistful voice.

Here On A Wire will be dropping digitally on May 1st. - Soft Signal


"Jenny Berkel"

Jenny Berkel is a singer-songwriter hailing from Winnipeg via southern Ontario. Her voice is effortlessly beautiful and her songwriting is delicate, invoking imagery of prairie winters and rolling trains and winding rivers and scarves and frozen beards…

Jenny’s debut album was just released today (available here) and she’s embarking on a cross-Canada tour over the next couple of weeks. If you’re in southern Ontario like me, you can catch her in Guelph on May 6th at the Cornerstone or in Hamilton on May 8th at Homegrown. Check here for a full tour schedule. For now, enjoy this little taste. -M. - Yeti


"Musical Class of 2012"

This year's crop of local singer-songwriters gets an A for playing well with others. - Winnipeg Free Press


"Jenny Berkel - Here on a Wire"

The debut album from Canada's Jenny Berkel. This young lady has a very personal and genuine way of composing songs that reminds us in many ways of classic artists from the past like Joan Baez and Janis Ian. She writes insightful lyrics that focus on keen observations about herself and the world...and she has an amazing voice that is ultimately soothing, inviting, and very warm. The songs on Here On A Wire are subtle and reserved and utilize traditional instruments to create a nice sparse open sound. In the 1960s or 1970s Berkel probably would have become an overnight sensation. In the twenty-first century there's no way of telling how folks will react to such a quiet intelligent honest voice out there in the world...(?). We can only hope there are enough folks paying attention to realize how substantial these songs are. Cool reflective cuts include "Love Is A Stone," "After Moon Falls," "Cover My Grave" (so cooooooooool...), and "Crook of Now & Then." - Babysue


"Local Heroes"

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Jenny Berkel
Here on a Wire
(Independent)

It’s hard to believe Here on a Wire is Jenny Berkel’s first album. Her voice is smooth and smoky with a maturity that belies her 25 years. The lyrics deal with loss and ill-fated relationships, alternately sad and hopeful. Love is a Stone starts sparsely, then swells with French horn and what seems like an entire symphonic percussion section, while the stripped-down All is Undone is beautifully folksy, just Berkel and her guitar. One of the album’s best songs is Come a Long Way, a melancholic lullaby about coming to terms with grief. Berkel’s voice is the star on this album; truly, it and her guitar are the only instruments she needs to make beautiful, moving music.
– Emily Wessel - Uptown


"On the road"

Winnipeg folk poet Jenny Berkel pulls no punches with her newest video for "Like a Rope." She is trying to break your heart. Animated by Karsten Wall, the video features a beautiful and sad interpretation of Berkel's heart-rending lyrics. Just try not to mist up. "When I wrote this song, a number of my dearest and most vibrant friends were heavy burdened with sadness, so mental health issues, depression, and loneliness were weighing on my mind," says Berkel.

On Berkel's latest tour, she will also be recording her new album. Each song will be recorded in a different city---most of them in cozy home studios---making a kind of permanent record of her travels. "The idea actually came to me while I was sweeping the floor. The tour is exciting on its own, of course, but I really wanted to add an extra element to it. Also, my album [Here on the Wire] has been out since May 2012, and I have a heaping pile of new songs that I want to share," says Berkel. "I'm lucky enough to have a number of friends across eastern Canada who are also great engineers. I want the songs to feel warm and intimate, so living room sessions seemed like a good way to go."

Luckily, working on the road isn't something new to Berkel. "I used to think I needed a very specific space: a quiet room, a desk, a number of hours ahead of me. This spring and summer, I was touring so frequently that I started writing everywhere---on the train, in a room full of people and even on long lonely drives across the prairies. If you ever happen to drive past me alone in a car, you would probably see me mouthing words to myself," says Berkel. "I've learned that the best way to discover the strength of a lyric is to hear it aloud. So I do talk and sing to myself often. I still prefer an empty room for writing, but am very happy to realize it isn't always necessary."

Fill the room and fill your heart Sunday at the Carleton. - The Coast


"Letting her heart sing"

Jenny Berkel’s music career has been growing via a series of small victories. The first was adventuring outside Tillsonburg, Ont., the small town in which she grew up, making her way to Europe and eventually settling in Winnipeg. The second was transforming her love of creative writing into songwriting and learning to play the guitar. The third was releasing a five-song EP, Gather Your Bones, in summer 2010.

Now, a year and a half later, Berkel, 25, has accomplished her biggest musical feat to date: her first full-length album, Here on a Wire.

"It took a long time and I’m really happy with it," she says over coffee at Second Cup in Osborne Village. "I’ve been really focused on this album and, in the last two weeks, I’ve just started writing again."

Here on a Wire is proof the soft-spoken singer/songwriter can belt it out — and her sound is fleshed out by an arsenal of local musicians armed with an impressive array of instruments, including cello, French horn, flugelhorn and organ. (Heck, even a clarinet or two make an appearance on this album.) Berkel says experimenting with instrumentation has ignited her curiosity.

"I’m looking for a new instrument to play around with — I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on an autoharp," she says.

Still, despite her powerhouse pipes and a full band, Here on a Wire is a soft, intimate album — a reflection of the event that inspired many of its songs.

"Most of the songs on the album were written the summer my grandparents were killed in a car accident," she says. "It’s not a depressing album — and lyrically it doesn’t always directly deal with that — but it deals with thoughts that came from that event. It comes from a personal place but I think it talks about what everybody can feel."

Another prominent theme on the album is detached city living (see: After Moon Falls and Come a Long Way) — but Berkel says after two years of living here, she’s starting to feel at home in Winnipeg. Her music, too, has found a home in the city’s scene.

"I find the city really inspiring, which is probably overwritten about, but most of the album was written when I lived downtown," she says. "I looked out on Main and McDermot, and I could see the whole cityscape from there. That had a big role in the feeling the album has. Everybody who’s involved (in the music scene here) is so supportive."

Bobby Desjarlais and The Crooked Brothers — a few of Berkel’s friends in the local scene — are set to open her CD release show on Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. at the Exchange Community Church. (Tickets are $10, but Berkel’s offering a discount for those with ticket stubs from Ridley Bent’s show earlier in the evening.)

"We’re going to do the whole album, probably in order," Berkel says of the show. "This is the first time I’m performing with all the sounds that have had a role in the album."

She may be a professed newcomer to the music biz, but Berkel’s got the talent and the quick thinking to go far. When a man at the next table asks her for a ticket to her show, she diplomatically pulls a small card from her purse.

"You can have this," she says. "It’s a download card."

The man is thrilled, and Berkel has earned a new fan with one simple gesture. A new fan listening to an mp3 player, but still — it’s about the small victories.

JENNY BERKEL CD RELEASE
Jan. 14, 9 p.m.,
Exchange Community Church
w/ Bobby Desjarlais and The Crooked Brothers - Uptown Magazine


""All That You Do" (ft. Daniel Romano & The Trilliums) (live video)"

Montreal-based folk femme Jenny Berkel embarked on a European jaunt with her frequent tourmate Daniel Romano and his band the Trilliums last fall, and now a particularly memorable night of the trip has been documented in a new performance video. The black-and-white footage was taken at the pair's gig at the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam, and Exclaim! has got your first look at it.

Unbeknownst to the performers, the show sold out the floor to 800 audience members —an impressive feat for the first-time visitors. In addition to Berkel and Romano's performance of "All That You Do," the video captures the duo's awe and appreciation for the crowd's extraordinary showing.

"It was an honour to join Daniel's band for his tour in Europe," Berkel said in a statement to Exclaim! about the new video. "While I had heard some whisperings of his success there, particularly in the Netherlands, it was quite a shock to walk into the legendary Paradiso and find out that so many tickets had been sold! Playing on a stage with such a rich history was quite thrilling, especially with hundreds of people in the audience. As somebody who comes from a very Dutch background, there couldn't have been a more "gezellig" (a Dutch adjective to describe a cozy feeling or sense of belonging) way to kick-start what ended up being a truly great two month long tour across Europe."

Ian Romano, the brother, producer and bandmate to Daniel who kept the attendance numbers a secret from his fellow performers, added: "Well, this is certainly proof that you need to put in the time to find your audience. Hell, they might have been there for years and you wouldn't have even known that anyone cared about what you did. The expression on Dan and Jenny's faces was priceless walking into Paradiso. I'm happy no one blew it!"

Berkel is slated to release her latest, Daniel Romano-produced album Pale Moon Kid later this year, while Romano himself has a couple records in the works. For now, though, watch the rootsy Canadian duo win over the Dutch audience with their performance of "All That You Do" below. - Exclaim!


Discography

Cicada (EP) - 2015

Like a Rope (single) - 2013

Here on a Wire (debut album) - 2012

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Bio

Canadian singer-songwriter Jenny Berkel’s evocative songs and voice have been intoxicating listeners since the release of her first album, Here On A Wire. Both on her own and as part of Daniel Romano’s Trilliums band, her consistent touring has garnered fans across the country and the ocean. It has also earned her the attention of Pheromone Recordings.

“It’s a true pleasure to be welcoming Jenny to the Pheromone roster,” says Pheromone Recordings founder Kim Cooke. “She’s a sublime new talent as a songwriter, a vocalist and live performer and we can’t wait to bring her music to market.”

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Pheromone,” says Berkel. “They are wonderful people who are passionate about what they do and committed to supporting music that moves them. It’s a true honour to join their roster!”

To celebrate the signing and ahead of an upcoming release via Pheromone Recordings, Berkel has self-released the Cicada EP, a collection of songs recorded throughout the last two years which features guests The Weather Station, Michael Feuerstack, Daniel Romano and Kay Berkel.

“Love Is A Dark Thing” is a duet with Michael Feuerstack, who Berkel claims is “one of the greatest songwriters in this country. As I was writing this song, I could already hear his warm, gentle voice singing it with me.” “How Red The Bloom” is a spookier song featuring Tamara Lindeman, another one of Canada’s finest. “She has such a rich and expansive voice. I thought it would be perfect on this song. We sent it to her in Toronto and she swiftly sent it back with these perfectly eerie harmonies.” 

Born in the heart of Ontario’s lush forests and fields, Berkel’s music has drawn her from rural Ontario to Winnipeg to Toronto and now to Montreal. This constant shifting finds its rest in her songs: her lyrics are dreamy and piercing, shimmering with memories and glittering with the quiet solitude of a night sky.

A full length LP is due out on Pheromone Recordings in the near future and full album details will be announced shortly. 



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