Only a Visitor | Technicolour Education

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Technicolour Education

by Only a Visitor

Described by CBC Music as one of 10 Vancouver acts to watch, this art pop quintet's influences include the Dirty Projectors, Tune Yards, and Bjork.
Genre: Pop: Chamber Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big and Small
3:27 album only
2. 43 Years
4:24 album only
3. Legacy
4:30 album only
4. Technicolour Education
3:14 album only
5. Ghosts
4:13 album only
6. Blue Gold Green and Red
4:22 album only
7. Bedroom Archaeology
3:44 album only
8. Letters from a Child
4:18 album only
9. Vessel
4:38 album only
10. Everything and Nothing
3:08 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
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 album Technicolour Education.
Furthering a core theme explored by Only A Visitor, the 10 songs appearing on the album Technicolour Education focus on the Chinese diasporic experience in Vancouver through generations of immigrant stories. This album was inspired in 2015 by finding the original head tax certificate of composer and bandleader Robyn’s great-grandfather. It inspired her to explore her maternal family’s immigration to Canada from 1920 to the 1970’s. The resulting songs expand beyond Robyn’s family’s stories, contributing to the larger communal diasporic narrative both within and beyond Canada’s Chinese community.



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