ONLY A VISITOR
// WHERE: Vancouver, BC
// WHAT: Art pop, Pop, Avant Jazz
// WHO: Robyn Jacob (Vocals, Keyboard), Celina Kurz (Vocals), Emma Postl (Vocals)
Kevin Romain (drums), Jeff Gammon (Bass)
Described by CBC Music as one of 10 Vancouver acts to watch, Only A Visitor is a quintet that blurs genre boundaries by straddling the line between art music and pop. Classically trained, composer and arranger Robyn Jacob’s eclectic songwriting showcases vocal techniques and arrangements that invoke the Dirty Projectors and Bjork. With asymmetrical rhythms twisted around a pop skeleton, Only A Visitor makes room for themselves between pop and experimental music.
Joined in 2015 by drummer Kevin Romain, bassist Jeff Gammon, and singers Emma Postl and Celina Kurz, Only A Visitor released their EP Tower Temporary. In summer of 2017 they released their first full length album Lines, which was followed by a tour of Eastern Canada, including the Montreal, Toronto and Halifax International Jazz Festivals. In the fall of 2016 Robyn completed a solo music residency at the Banff Centre to begin work on the upcoming album Technicolour Education, which will be released January 2019.
Only A Visitor specializes in working collaboratively with other artists to create multi disciplinary live events. Past collaborators include Mind of a Snail Puppet Company, The Kingsgate Chorus, and TwoBigSteps Dance Collective. Moving forward, the band is collaborating with artist Nancy Tam and her ensemble Jump Jump Go on a work that investigates the history of Chinese diaspora to Western Canada, using songs from Technicolour Education.
“Proof that there’s a beautiful world to be won by looking beyond old patterns.”
-The Georgia Straight
// Albums: Tower Temporary (2015) Lines (2017) Technicolour Education (2019)
// Label: Independent
// FFO: The Dirty Projectors, TuNe-YaRdS