Thanya Iyer, Velvet Bethany

February 22, 2018 7:00 PM - February 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Thursday, February 22, 7pm doors/8pm show, $5

Folk/jazz/prog/electronic/pop/soundscapes from Montreal

Thanya Iyer https://thanyaiyer.bandcamp.com

Velvet Bethany


Thanya Iyer‘s voice can be described as a soulful sound that floats over ethereal piano and deep, resonant bass. Her music now strays in between the lines of a variety of eccentric and eclectic styles primarily drawing inspirations from folk and jazz.


In the year MMXII, Thanya started writing new songs but who would she choose to play in the band. Would she choose Alex (Pompey) to play bass? Yep. Would she choose Daniel Gelinas to play drums? Yep. Would she choose Simon Millerd to play trumpet? Yep. Would she choose Shaina Hayes to sing backup vocals? Yep. Would she choose Trey Anastasio (of Phish) to play guitar? Nope. Thanya doesn’t have guitar in her band.

Having assembled an array of amazing artists, they began recording in a church with a moldy ceiling, a moldy basement, and of course a bedroom made out of pews while simultaneously playing at POP Montreal (while half of the band had strep throat), MURAL Festival (while a third of the band was performing in a bilingual “popera” about a surfer in New Jersey), and Shigawake Music Festival (Everyone was there and had a great time).

Having returned from a 3 week tour of Ontario/Maritimes/Quebec, no one is sick, no one is playing in any poperas, still no one is playing guitar and everyone is excited to release their debut album Do You Dream?, an experiment of experimentation and songs coming together. Some might call it “songmentation”. Or even, if you look at it as experimentation + songs augmenting each other you might say “saugmentation.”


“Expérimentation folle et zigzag entre nombreux styles, Do You Dream ? témoigne d’une maturité singulière et captivante…Car c’est ce que nous offrent les fils tissés entre les rêves de Thanya Iyer et nous, des morceaux de prodigalité.” – Le Devoir


“an eloquent amalgam that flashes tastefully with electronic nuance and compositional space” – Stack Your Roster


“Iyer is that atmospheric indie sound I associate with Wes Anderson films: dreamy, evocative of a life I never had with lacy dresses and summer bows and punting on the river at Oxford University. I was transported to a wonderful, imagery-rich world. She had a great sense of play and wonder. What a magical band!” – Montreal Rampage


“Thanya Iyer shot us a live session of her song “Painting” and we couldn’t have been more pleased. The Montreal-based singer-songwriter specializes in lilting, jazzy compositions heavy on piano, stand-up bass, and light on percussion. The video not only highlights Iyer’s voice and the group’s expert-level musicianship, it is also effected with chill animation. Fans of Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, or Adele would dig Thanya’s tunes.” – buffaBLOG




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