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Vina After Dark

new album

out now

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Vina After Dark’s warm siren vocals will raise goosebumps across your skin as you head-nod to chilled out drums, groovy bass, and ethereal, crying guitar lines.

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VINA AFTER DARK - Us Vs (CD)

Price: $20

After nine long, wintery months we've finally brought our baby to the world, Us Vs (love x us x loneliness x belief x war), that you can adopt as a cool, semi-relic complete with beautiful front and back covers by UK artists, Tom Griffiths (@TomPatrick88) and

Angelina Paloma (@AngelinaPaloma_), and a (curious?) verb vs noun typo on the CD.

 

We hope that you'll be as deeply in love with Us Vs as we are, and we're beyond thrilled to have you place this slim, glossy sleeve with its silver CD upon that special musical shelf in your bedroom (or wherever you blast or wallow with your music).

Spare us a cup of coffee for each song and help us create more melodies. 

 

XO Vina After Dark

Press

Permanent Rain Press (September 26, 2020) - NEW!

Permanent Rain Press is a music news and interview outlet based in Vancouver, BC. Chloe Hoy reviews “Belief”, the fourth song from the Us Vs EP, and calls the song, “A lush blend of contemporary pop meets jazz/trip hop—equal parts urban, ethereal, distinct.” To see what she says about the lyrics, read on.

 

Tone Def Sound (July 21, 2020)

Tone Def Sound, an indie music blog from California, featured the press release of our latest EP, Us Vs. 
Daniel, one of the creators of Tone Def Sound, said:
"Something about that voice and guitar riffs keep me coming back to you guys on Spotify." (Click Here)

 

50/50 Magazine (June 28, 2020)

50/50 Magazine is a not-for-profit, submission-based publication that showcases work by local creatives while giving back to the community. Lyrics from our song, "Belief" are published in Issue 2, now available for purchase from their website. (Click Here)

 

CJSW Radio - BIPOC Tracklist (June 3, 2020)

"Black Coffee" is an original from our EP, From the Basement, and was selected to be part of June 3 BIPOC tracklist during the beginning of the BLM protests in Calgary. Thank you to Sami Parker for amplifying BIPOC voices on her radio show, Local Singles, for CJSW.

(Click Here)

 

CJSW Radio (July 22, 2020)

Sami Parker, the radio show host of Local Singles on CJSW, featured "Not Enough" on July 22: "'...the dynamics create breathing spaces for the other instruments to support the stirring sections of music,' which I believe is absolutely right. Vina After Dark is on a very good roll right now."

(Click Here)

 

Divide And Conquer (September 9, 2020) ★★★★☆ - NEW!

My Nguyen, from Divide and Conquer, reviewed and rated our EP, Us Vs. See what she gave our first full-production EP and what she had to say about it, here.

 

Cups n Cakes Pod (Aug 14, 2020) - NEW!

Cups n Cakes selected our EP for a quick pick. See what they had to say about our music here,

 

Calgary Guardian (September 4, 2020) - NEW!

The Calgary Guardian did a “Five Minutes With” article on our band. You can read our interview here.

 

Radio Features

CJSW Radio (August 14, 2020)

Grant Burns and Kevin Brooker, hosts of Road Pops, played “Belief”, the fourth song off our Us Vs EP, on August 14. 

https://cjsw.com/program/road-pops/episode/20200814/

CKUA Radio (July 10 and August 6, 2020)

Tony King, the radio show host of Thoroughfare on CKUA, played “Not Enough” on July 10, at 14:33 and “City Sleepwalker” on August 6, at 14:01.

(Filter your search here:) https://ckua.com/on-air/playlist/

CJSW Radio (July 22, 2020)

Sami Parker, the radio show host of Local Singles on CJSW, featured "Not Enough" on July 22:

"'...the dynamics create breathing spaces for the other instruments to support the stirring sections of music,' which I believe is absolutely right. Vina After Dark is on a very good roll right now."

https://cjsw.com/program/local-singles/episode/20200722

CJSW Radio - BIPOC Tracklist (June 3, 2020)

"Black Coffee" is an original from our EP, From the Basement, and was selected for June 3’s BIPOC tracklist during the beginning of the BLM protests in Calgary. Thank you to Sami Parker for amplifying BIPOC voices on her radio show, Local Singles, for CJSW.

https://cjsw.com/program/local-singles/episode/20200603

CJSW Radio (December 18, 2019)

Sami Parker, the radio show host of Local Singles on CJSW, played "City Sleepwalker", our first single and remastered song on our Us Vs EP, on December 18, 2019.

https://cjsw.com/program/local-singles/episode/20191218/

 
 

Media

About

BAND BIO:

In early 2018, Vina After Dark began as a singer-songwriter known for her stage presence and novel, unresolving style that pairs minimalist guitar playing with a honeyed, melodic voice, driving songs at a pensive pace that edges into sweet melancholia.

 

By 2019, Vina After Dark acquired a full-bodied sound and instant appeal with Dav’s twinkling guitar lines and bass playing groove that borrows from the styles of Victor Wooten and Juan Nelson. Funk, rhythm, and a whole lot of head-nodding fun came onto the scene with Deifante’s complex fills and idiosyncratic timing that are as dynamic as they are purely based on feel. Watching this trio play is watching a group of friends who have baked their crafts into a cake that has layers of instrumentation, musicality, natural groove, and of course, plenty of feel.

About

Lianne La Havas meets Kan Wakan at a Portishead concert

BAND BIO:

In early 2018, Vina After Dark began as a singer-songwriter known for her stage presence and novel, unresolving style that pairs minimalist guitar playing with honeyed, melodic vocals, driving songs at a pensive pace into sweet melancholia.

 

By 2019, Vina After Dark acquired a full-bodied sound and instant appeal with Dav’s twinkling guitar lines and bass playing groove that borrows from Victor Wooten and Juan Nelson. Funk, rhythm, and a whole lot of head-nodding fun came onto the scene with Deifante’s complex fills and idiosyncratic timing that are as dynamic as they are purely based on feel. Watching this trio play is watching a group of friends who have baked their crafts with layers of instrumentation, musicality, natural groove, and of course, plenty of feel.

THE EP: (read full press release here)

Their latest, fully produced EP, Us Vs, traces influences from Portishead, Lianne La Havas, Kan Wakan, and Chet Faker. The EP features trip-hop inspired rhythms, heavy bass and kick, melding guitar and synth lines, and signature angelic vocals.


Vina After Dark has played at The Palace Theatre, and their songs: “City Sleepwalker”, "Black Coffee", and "Not Enough" have aired on CJSW radio (Local Singles). "Not Enough" and "City Sleepwalker" have also aired on CKUA radio (Thoroughfare). 

 

Both of their EPs have been produced and recorded in Calgary. Their first EP, From the Basement, is a solo set of live and raw single-takes recorded from a cold basement. Us Vs is their first full-production EP that was recorded and produced from a sunny, third-floor apartment.

BAND SOUND:

Though contemporary pop is at the core of Vina After Dark’s music, their vocally driven, creative tonal range and instrumentation are achieved through the careful and playful knitting of hip-hop, trip-hop, soul, R&B, and even folk. And if you’re lyrically focused, you’re in luck: think Emily Haines’s poetic acuity with Nina Simone’s tender sparseness.

Soul vocals pierce through the funk and groovy atmospheres that have electronic-inspired underlinings (there’s a lot of kicking in there) which give a touch of the broody mood. The overall effect is a feel and a rhythm that is still hip-hop and pop. Electrifying guitars and synths add textural layers that radiate an ethereal quality. These, along with effortlessly celestial vocals achieve a unique airiness that is subtly grounded by elements beyond that of drums and bass. The drums and the bass may be the roots of Vina After Dark’s songs but the band’s dynamic expressions create breathing spaces for other instrumental forces to support the more stirring sections of the music.

 

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