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Pauline Kyllonen

by Pauline Kyllonen

It’s only a short EP, 4 songs, but this is one of those releases where a listener can discover a great deal. Kyllonen has a warm and intimate honey-smooth voice and sings with a melting ease. Even when she’s rocking out in “Unlucky”.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unlucky
3:35 $0.99
2. Rainbow Cafe
4:25 $0.99
3. Like A River
4:16 $0.99
4. Wasn't Thinking About You
3:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
Pauline is an independent performing singer/songwriter from the Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada. She is a member of Music BC, SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), CARAS, BCCMA and CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association).


"It’s only a short EP, 4 songs, but this is one of those releases where a listener can discover a great deal. Kyllonen has a warm and intimate honey-smooth voice and sings with a melting ease. Even when she’s rocking out in “Unlucky”, there are no shrill bits; it all seems so effortless."

"Her songs come across as stories (partly due to her voice) rather than just songs. Somehow, Kyllonen manages to insert a lot of feeling into the recording. There’s an ironic recognition that you can’t complain too much about what life throws at you."

"The recording and production work took place at Fortress Studios and they did a great job. The result is a very natural sounding performance that clearly showcases Kyllonen’s prodigious talent."

“An excellent album full of great musicianship that is going down well with our listeners. Albums of this caliber are rare to come across.” - Highlands 100.7FM

“A wonderful example of where Country music should be heading. Rich powerful voice coupled with very strong songs, aided by top accompaniment.” - PBS 106.7 FM

“Pauline is the #1 requested artist on our station. We are excited to be promoting so many great artists and you are a jewel among them.” - Marque - The Ville Radio Network/ Georgia Music Industry Association, Louisville, Kentucky -


"Think a cleaner, less fussy version of Lucinda Williams and you'll be on the right track."
By Nancy Dunham, Indie Music Magazine

Pauline Kyllonen may hail from Canada, but her sound is right out of Nashville, or Texas, or maybe Arizona. Suffice to say she's got the Folk/Americana/Country sound down pat and has the talent to make the most of it.

What sets Kyllonen apart from others is the simplicity with which she showcases the music. Her strong yet wistful voice is the main instrument on these tracks, never overwhelmed by complex instrumentation or too slick production. Think of a cleaner, less fussy musical version of Lucinda Williams and you'll be on the right track.

The pity is that the four tunes on this CD are over much too soon.

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LOCAL DIGS UP EARTHY ROOTS By Dean Gordon-Smith - Vernon Morning Star

This debut album from Vernon singer/songwriter Pauline Kyllonen is one that favours quality over quantity.

Its brevity (four songs) wisely doesn’t cause it to try to hit too many bases for a “showcase,” instead the disc stays mellow and earthy all the way through, Kyllonen’s throaty vocal and easy-paced songs steering clear of crap and posturing.

Kyllonen has attracted much notice for her roots/country sound, and one of her awards led to the recording of this short and sweet CD (self-titled, not eponymous!)

Judging by the tastefully warm production and super-solid musical support, it was a good move. There’s not a note or sound out of place. This quality, a sense of relaxation and restraint, gives Kyllonen’s songs a swing that is very subtle; felt rather than heard.

This even pacing and unhurried state also readily translates into purposeful vocal delivery, and confident performance from the backing group here (Shaun Verrault of Wide Mouth Mason, Pat Steward of Bryan Adams, and Doug Elliot of The Odds.) Justice is done to the songs, allowing that ever-elusive presence –– atmosphere, vibe, etc. –– to be welcomed to seep in through the tracks.

As noted earlier, there’s no waifish pretension to sidetrack the songs, and Kyllonen’s voice suggests western feeling and muted energy. This sound is ballad-driven (Rainbow Café) and her vocal wraps itself around the melodies with a dusty charm, reminiscent of Blue Rodeo’s ambient song-craft.

Kyllonen keeps to her unhurried pace, taking time to unfold and grasp the intended mood. Like A River slinks along like a long late afternoon spent in a desert-bound roadhouse. With the wind up, some tumbleweed whipping by and frosty bottles of beer, you’ll get the idea.

Dusky sounds drift through the music, and Kyllonen’s mature style follows the ambiance. She doesn’t overdo the impact by assaulting the senses. Her storytelling tone is honest and convivial, and seems meant to be heard in a reflective state, or it can easily induce this mood, wherever and whenever.



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Tim Walton

Wonderful music and songwriting! A pure joy to listen to.

Arthur Davenport

Gold on Velvet Voice
Pauline Kyllonen will win your heart with her 14 karat golden voice laid on a bed of velvet. These four songs showcase her skill at song crafting and performance. Backed by a talented group of friends, she gifts the listener with songs that are at once fresh and familiar. From the Heartlands! Thanks Pauline!!

John Pippus

Warm and Thoughtful Sound
If you like Blue Rodeo or Cowboy Junkies this one will remind you of that on cuts like "Like A River" and "Wasn't Thinking About You". This is sweet sounding alt country all the way. "Unlucky" really rocks out, and the sidemen obviously know how to play.