Lief Hall announces the release of her new album Roses for Ruins, a collection of songs which blend electronic beats, foreboding synths and haunting vocal harmonies into pop-flirting melodies which explore the connection between the personal and the political, nature, technology and the subconscious.
Previously a member of electronic duo MYTHS and no wave trio Mutators, Lief Hall began her solo project while living in Berlin in 2014, creating layered experimental all-vocal compositions in her album Voices (2014) and integrating dark electronic production with layered vocal harmonies in her EP Transform (2015). Recorded by Jordan Koop at The Noise Floor on Gabriola Island, Roses for Ruins marks a new direction for Lief’s solo work, integrating acoustic instrumentation with Elisa Thorn on harp, Byron Peters on drums, Marin Reisle on cello and Jordan Koop on guitar.
Whether penetrating into the depths of the earth (in songs Dark Seed, Glass & Obsidian and Snakes), entering into subconscious dream worlds (in Roses for Ruins, Fiction’s Refrain and Dream to Forget), exploring life as a machine (in Lead Blood) or entering into the burning industrial landscapes of global warming (in Paper Ash) the album is at once delicate and ominous, reflecting the complex relations of contemporary experience.
Roses for Ruins is being released on April 6, 2018 and will be available digitally for download and streaming on bandcamp and Spotify. The release will be followed with tours in the US, Canada and Europe, beginning with a tour of the West Coast with LA electronic producer and multiinstrumentalist ERAS.
Lief Hall is an interdisciplinary artist and musician living in Vancouver, BC. Hall was previously one half of Canadian 'femme noir' experimental pop duo MYTHS who toured with Grimes in 2012 and created their own electronic opera. Hall began her solo music project while living in Berlin in 2014, emerging out of her practice as an audio-visual performance artist, experimental vocalist, and electronic music producer. Her live music performances often incorporate visuals, sets and costumes as well as experimental vocal improvisation. Hall’s practice as an interdisciplinary artist incorporates sound, installation, video, multimedia performance and choreography. Her interdisciplinary installation and performance works explore themes of nature, technology and the body as they relate to mythology, mysticism and the posthuman voice. Hall has shared her research in her lectures Mythology, Gender and CyberVirtual Identity in Popular Music Performance and Un/Seen: Performing the Invisible. Lief Hall has performed her solo music alongside such artists as Bear in Heaven and Inga Coupland and was named on NME's list of '50 Brand New Artists Set to Storm in 2015. Her music has been featured in such magazines and blogs as Silent Shout, Exclaim!, Kaltblut and No Fear of Pop. Since her graduation from the Emily Carr University in 2005, Hall’s work has been presented and performed in such galleries as the Western Front, Vancouver Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery and Mercer Union, and she is currently doing her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC.