what was that

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Sven B. Schreiber This is a most exciting surprise bag of unusual songs, each of them thoroughly different from the other ones. But they have one thing in common: They are ingenious. It's not easy to find a drawer where to put this music in. I'm reluctant to use the term "experimental", because this can mean anything, and nothing as well. Out of the established genres, "alternative rock" probably fits best, but this music is so alternative that it blows up the confines of the genre. In my collection, I'm tagging music like this as "avantgarde", to express that it's somehow ahead of the usual listening experiences. Favorite track: dreamtime.
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maria leahy Bernice blew me away live, now blowing holes in my speakers. A really special album - delighted to own it. Favorite track: rêve général.
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ddb Listen to how to be french. So good. There is also a video of this track live somewhere on the internet that is also so good. Favorite track: how to be french.
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new bodies 04:38
pacemaker 05:03
snowbear 03:29
forgiven 05:21
dreamtime 04:53
don't 03:49


All songs written by Robin Dann aka Bernice.

Arranged and produced by Robin Dann, Thom Gill and Leon Taheny.

Recorded in 2011. Chronologically: Bond Head with Lois, Montreal with Phil, John Dinsmore's in Liberty Village, mostly at Boombox Sound with Leon. Lil bits at Angles Up and SheriDonks.

Engineered and mixed by Leon Taheny (and a bit by Christopher Willes) and mastered by Jean Martin at the Farm.


released September 6, 2011

Robin Dann (voice, etc)
Thom Gill (synthesizers, guitars, percussion, sequencing, voice)
Nico Dann (drums, percussion)
Daniel Fortin (bass)

Patric McGroarty (flugel horn)
Steven Dann (viola)
Janice Lindskoog (harp)
Leon Taheny (secret keys)
Colin Fisher (guitars)

Christopher Willes (guitar, voice)
Felicity Williams (voice)
Alex Samaras (telephone voice)
Madeleine Elton and Angus Ryer (telephone voices)
Bob Willes (telephone hello's)

Claire Harvie, photography


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bernice Toronto, Ontario

robin dann
thom gill
dan fortin
felicity williams
phil melanson

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