Grounded in the folk singer-songwriter tradition, Vancouver musician Piper Cole steps boldly forward into sun-soaked, pop-tinged landscapes with her debut EP releaseWildish, set for release on July 5th.
The EP’s first single ‘Bones‘ was officially released on Friday, June 7th on all digital service providers, after the video premiered atAesthetic Magazine. Watch the videohere.
‘Bones’accounts Piper Cole’s personal journey towards striving for authentic self-expression amidst the internal limitations and barriers so intrinsic to being human. The compelling music video for ‘Bones‘ was created in collaboration with local directorCasey Kowalchukand flamenco dancer, Michelle Harding.
“I am drawn to flamenco as an intensely expressive art that boldly confronts raw emotionality and uses it to create beautiful authentic art,” says Cole. “I felt it was the perfect fit to visually represent ‘Bones’ as the song explores inner oppression and resistance and the fight to be heard and seen. The flamenco dancer translates emotions into movements and makes the powerful statement through percussive sounds to ‘claim your space’.”
Piper Cole’s debut EPWildishhas a multi-dimensional dream-folk sound, produced by Cole herself with the assistance of co-producerDaniel Klenner. Cole has a background in sound design and production from both SFU Contemporary Arts and Berklee Music School and she chose to co-produce the album because she felt it was important to see the rise of more female producers in the music industry.
Combining traditional acoustic folk instruments with modern synths and sound design, Cole has created a work that beautifully tethers the breadth of her musical experience. The vocals are often layered, choral; Cole’s voice is controlled and elegant, but never restrained, characterized by high-pitched coloratura that embodies a baroque pop surreality reminiscent of Kate Bush. As the tracks progress, the vocals become focused and fierce, resounding through a forest of percussion, as Cole tells her story through music.
“I work as a psychotherapist and my music is greatly influenced by the many people I have worked with on their journeys through pain, fear and disconnection and the striving to reach wholeness,” says Cole. “I have struggled with perfectionism my whole life and it has painfully suppressed my creativity. When I turned 40, I was on a mission to get this album out after many years of dreaming about doing it. During the writing and producing of these songs I was met with a huge inner resistance, fear and lack of self-belief that felt crippling at times throughout the process. This album accounts my own personal struggle and transformation grappling with the veils of conditioning that cut me off from self-actualization and the spontaneity and sparkling creativity I had naturally as a child.”
Piper Cole’s debut EP Wildishwill be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes and other digital retailers and streaming services on July 5th. For more information and the most up to date tour listings, please visit:pipercolemusic.com
PIPER COLE | UPCOMING TOUR DATES
June 28 – Vancouver, BC – Trees Lounge
October 11 – Vancouver, BC – Deep Cove Coffee House