Photo by Cristina Naccarato
“Vallens’ dark and smoky sound – definitely has a certain Black Lodge je ne sais quoi” ~ BROOKLYN VEGAN
“an essential listen for fans of David Lynch’s acclaimed series & for anyone whose fingers are always on the pulse of new music” ~ BUST
Robyn Phillips spent her early years in Toronto playing lead guitar in several bands. With an experience of performing and writing in various genres, Robyn began working on material for her first solo project as Vallens in the summer of 2014. Taking cues from everything from Rowland S Howard to Portishead, the project began to take shape with a concept of “Vallens” as an alter-ego of Phillips. Soon after, Vallens began recording a full length record with friend Jeff Berner of Psychic TV at his now defunct studio Galuminum Foil in Brooklyn, followed by several months recording songs at Candle Recording with Josh Korody (Beliefs, Wish).
The project debuted live in December of 2015 and quickly captured the attention of music critics, promoters, and the local music scene. Vallens has since been Invited to perform at NXNE, POP Montreal, M for Montreal, and CMJ, in addition to sharing the stage with Frankie Cosmos, Freak Heat Waves, Porches, MOURN, Ringo Deathstarr, U.S Girls, A Place to Bury Strangers, and La Luz.
Vallens first LP Consent, dropped in Spring 2016 via Hand Drawn Dracula and currently Vallens are showcasing Consent as well as putting new songs forward from their coming 2018 release.