PK Tessmann
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PK Tessmann

Cumberland, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1997 | SELF

Cumberland, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 1997
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter




"A Review By Mark Allen"

A review by
Mark Allan
PK Tessmann’s new EP is an unpretentious charmer with surprising depth.
The three understated songs grow on you with repeated listens. The sincerity of her lyrics and voice welcome you back each time like a life-long friend.
Interpersonal relationships are the subject matter of Cannot Explain, So Nice to Meet You and You Made Your Own Bed.
Cannot Explain begins quietly, but wells up in the chorus with the best attributes of a power ballad.
Throughout the songs, Tessmann sings in a laid-back way that is often in her upper register, imbuing the songs with a yearning quality that is very affecting.
Although Tessmann’s beguiling, lilting voice would be at home in a pop or folk song, there is an unmistakable bluegrass undertone that could form the basis of a solid career if she so chose.
The predominantly acoustic instrumentation underscores that with banjo and mandolin taking turns.
Tessmann’s multi-tracked voice provides the perfect harmonic accompaniment, although gifted multi-instrumentalist producer Corwin Fox provides just the right vocal support on You Made Your Own Bed.
Crafted by the deft, sympathetic hand of Fox at his studio in Tessmann’s Vancouver Island home of Cumberland, the sound is just right for the songs, the mark of a good producer.
The bottom line for the EP? After listening to the three songs several times, you want more.
That plays right into Tessmann’s hands, because she describes the EP as “an introduction to the full-length album that will be recorded with the help of the EP sales.”
You can order the EP for a mere $5 at
For more about Tessmann, visit her on Facebook at
Mark Allan is a veteran journalist who has written for the All Music Guide.
- Comox Valley Record Newsroom

"PK Tessmann - Dear City - Album Review"

The middle-of-the-road has disappeared for singer-songwriters, creating a landscape where only truly talented emerging solo artists break through the pack. PK Tessmann is one of those rare multi-talents who mixes some amazing writing and composition, with a voice not dissimilar to contemporary Ingrid Michaelson for an album that never feels like it relies on any one great element but instead is always greater than the sum of its parts.

Dear City opens on a rush of bright sounds and infectious emotions on the track “Careful & Kind.” When the chorus finally lands the rush of harmonies and xylophone brightens the tone even more than the piano and whistling did before. The track really falls right on the line of great pop sensibility, understanding of tone and eliciting emotions without overdoing any.

There’s a slower feeling to “Forget The Day” as it is surrounded by watery sounds and reverb-laden piano. The rack really showcases Tessmann’s understanding of emotion in music, her use of multiple simplified layers and voices on different instruments is more powerful than any complex guitar line.

“She’s My Sister” is a more vocally focused song using a more narrative set of lyrics and letting the words drive the song. The instrumentation stands out here through interesting recording and very restrained use to make each trumpet line and drum hit more evocative. Some slide guitar and floating drums play over “Century” with its simple writing, covered in a clever mix of arpeggios and some calming sounding notes on the keys.

On title track “Dear City” Tessmann opts for a more open sound, letting her voice and guitar echo and drums hold back so much you swear they could burst through at any minute. The swelling of background noise begs for the instrumentation breaks that come through several times in the song and craft a song with as much emotional weight in its words as in its lyrics.

“You Made Your Own Bed” covers its soft guitars with a country tinge courtesy of a lightly plucked banjo and tremolo-heavy harmonica. Tessmann’s vocals drive the track more and more as the song progresses, not only with volume but the passion behind their delivery and the layering within the vocals themselves.

There’s a distinctly straightforward pop sense to “So Nice To Meet You” which doesn’t take anything away from it but does rely on some of Tessmann’s particular writing trademarks to keep it from feeling out of place.

The metallic sound of the guitars on “Right Where You Are” gives a particularly hopeful feeling to its sound. The slow build of other instruments and rhythm make the burst of sound in its ending a satisfying one.

Tessmann’s overpowering tremolo and haunting guitar lines gives a dark feeling to “Twist Our History.” The lyrics of the song speak of the growing pains of relationships in an appropriately contradictory way, giving the whole song a feeling of uncertain curiosity.

The echoing guitars on “Nothing More” have an instantly iconic sound to them, making it clear from the start the album is closing on one of its best tracks. With a powerful story of a lost girl surrounded by deep strings and a guitar so high it sounds like a ukulele at moments. - The Scene Magazine


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PK Tessmann is a fixture in the Vancouver Island indie-folk community. Her well-crafted, original songs are something of substance - a synergy of flowing lyrics, twinkling ukelele and acoustic guitar, and soul-stirring vocals. With two decades of songwriting and performance behind her, Tessmann is now celebrating the release of her brand new album Dear City.  Two-time winner of Best Roots/Folk Recording at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, Tessmann's work has been described as “beguiling,” “potent, ” and “unpretentious”. Her latest work is no exception.

Dear City is a collection of songs that offer a window into Tessmann's journey of grief, hope, loss and new beginnings. With each haunting song, she offers up stories of teen suicide; the plight of the Syrian refugees, yet instills warmth and hope with songs of sisterhood, motherhood and contentment.  Produced by Corwin Fox (Shane Koyczan, CR Avery, Miss Emily Brown) in the vibrant village of Cumberland BC, Dear City showcases Tessmann's songwriting with colourful yet subtle instrumentation. Vintage keys, bells, autoharp, cello, French horn and saxophone combined with whispered harmonies to compliment Tessmann's spirited vocals.

An alumni of the Capilano College Jazz program in Vancouver BC, PK Tessmann has released two previous records, including full-length album Maybe and a self-titled EP. In addition to her two recent VIMA awards, she has garnered further VIMA nominations for Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year, and she recently took home the title of Regional Champion in the 2015 CBC Searchlight Contest, and was named in the Top of the Pops in this years contest.

Contact PK Tessmann at :

H: (250)336-8474

C: (250)650-6655

PO Box 886

Cumberland, BC

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