Best Albums of 2016


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Phillips Finds Her Rightful Place As A Front Woman With Vallens

Photo by Shelby Fenlon

Vallens may be a newer name in the Toronto music scene but Robyn Phillips shouldn’t be. The front woman of the hazy shoegaze project, had cast her shadow on the local scene playing with a number of different groups, while she honed her craft and courage in order to take her rightful place at the (metaphorical) helm. With her guitar, army of pedals, smokey voice and Dorothy Vallens inspired persona, she has made her mark while becoming one of the most notable front women of Toronto, all before the release of her debut album. In the year since Vallens came to be we’ve seen the name opening for heavy touring bands, widely featured by and in the good books of major music publications and listed in the roster of one of the most well known and supportive independent labels in Canada, Hand Drawn Dracula. After dropping the Shelby Fenlon directed video for Vallen’s first single “Tennessee Haze” the next step for the songwriter is the release of the first collection of haunting and fuzzed out melodies due out in the spring of this year. The Toronto based musician and London, ON native recently played her first hometown show at the third annual Winter Spectacular festival. It was there that I got to connect with Phillips and ask her about her path to Vallens, the incestuousness of HDD and channeling her inner Alanis.

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