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Jindalee | Vela

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by Jindalee

The songs are electronic synth and beat driven tracks with female vocals. They are warm, summery, watery songs with dreamy vibes and sometimes they make you wanna dance!
Genre: Electronic: Electronica
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sparkling Waves
5:00 $0.99
2. Sleepwalk Reverie
5:03 $0.99
3. Diving In
6:34 $0.99
4. Moon Island
5:25 $0.99
5. Find You Find Me
4:14 $0.99
6. It's Easy to Fly
3:53 $0.99
7. Palm Wave
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Album Notes
JindaLee grew up in rural Alberta, Canada. She moved to Montreal to take a degree in Creative Writing which led her into songwriting and music. She lived in Germany and Japan before eventually moving to Toronto. JindaLee has released three full length albums with a band involving members from Weaves, Bernice, Diana, and Queer Songbook Orchestra to name a few. She has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Japan. She played and toured with the same band for over five years. Her fourth album, Vela, is a major genre shift into electronic. It is a solo electronic project that she has been working on for the past year and a half. The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by JindaLee. JindaLee is relocating to Berlin this summer to work more directly in the electronic music genre
For six years I worked with a fantastic band in Toronto, made up of wonderfully talented musicians. Spencer Cole (Weaves), Thom Gill (DIANA, Bernice, Snowblink, etc.), Bram Gielen (DIANA), Ghislain Aucoin (Queer Songbook Orchestra, Triple Gangers) and Alex Samaras (Tryal, Queer Songbook Orchestra, The Twin Within, etc.). My last album was mixed by Matt Smith (Lido Pimienta, Owen Pallett, Bernice, and many more). Over the years working with the band, I learnt so much as a recording and performing artist and expanded my skills as a musician. In late fall of 2017, I did a month long self-directed residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. There I had the time and resources to begin to experiment with electronic music. I have always been a fan of many genres of electronic music, but never had attempted to produce it myself. I had wanted to create music in the genre for many years. I was able to teach myself Ableton and began the fun and challenging journey of writing, recording, producing and mixing these new tracks. Over the following year and a half, through much trial and error and many new learning curves, I finished this seven track album. I am very proud of the results and am excited to share the songs that have come from adventuring into the unknown and pushing my own boundaries musically.

The songs on Vela are about experiencing nature through all the senses. It is about the beauty and sensuality of the world. They are summer-y, warm, watery and vibey. If these songs were a colour I feel like they would be a bright turquoise sea. I wanted to capture the feeling of floating on the surface of water, of being in both air and water at the same moment. Landscapes inspired the lyrics in many of the songs, the Mediterranean in particular, where I have been lucky enough to visit often in recent years. They are about different experiences with the sensual world. I wanted to write an album about the human experience in nature and the feeling of letting that surround you, whatever kind of environment it is.
I wrote, recorded, produced and mixed the album over the course of a year and a half. There was quite a learning curve. But I am grateful for all of my experience with so many talented musicians over the years, this contributed to the learning process greatly! Many of the songs I wrote on guitar and piano before recreating them into electronic songs in ableton and redoing them on either a midi keyboard or creating samples to make synth sounds and beats. I experimented with different softwares and hardwares, tediously trying things out till I was happy with the results. I recorded my vocals in a make-shift vocal room in an attic in Toronto and mixed mostly at home with some sessions at higher-end studios around Toronto. The album was mastered by Philip Shaw Bova at Bova Lab Mastering in Ottawa.
Sleepwalk Reverie came about during a year and a half that I had no permanent home. I was going between sublets, residencies, friends’ places, my parents house in rural Alberta, and tours in Europe. I am generally comfortable in the unknown, but it became more and more difficult as one year turned into two. I had to find a home-kinda-feeling wherever I went. There is a beauty in having few belongings and lots of freedom and also a disorientation in feeling flung out with no real landing zone.
When I was in the mountains, I tapped into the feeling of finding direction through nature and the various ways I was taught to know how to orient myself if I was lost in the woods. I grew up learning how to survive in the wilderness. A skill my parents made sure me and my brothers knew well. The song is referencing survival skills as a metaphor for finding yourself and your bearings, when feeling emotionally lost or without grounding.
I grew up in Alberta and spent my childhood exploring the prairies and the mountains. I initially wrote this song on electric guitar when I was at the Banff residency. The residency gives musicians a hut in the woods with your requested instruments and a grand piano. It was a perfect place to think of all the nature surrounding me in those wild mountain ranges and find inspiration for songwriting. I grew up exploring those same mountains as a child so it felt like a song about coming home to something familiar, but also something so wild and sublime. I wanted to resonate the feeling of remaining endlessly curious with the natural world. The mountains inspire a sense of perspective. When you can get higher than everything around you, you can see how it all really looks.



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