Canadian singer-songwriter Jenny Berkel’s evocative songs and voice have been intoxicating listeners since the release of her first album, Here On A Wire. Both on her own and as part of Daniel Romano’s Trilliums band, her consistent touring has garnered fans across the country and the ocean. It has also earned her the attention of Pheromone Recordings.
“It’s a true pleasure to be welcoming Jenny to the Pheromone roster,” says Pheromone Recordings founder Kim Cooke. “She’s a sublime new talent as a songwriter, a vocalist and live performer and we can’t wait to bring her music to market.”
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Pheromone,” says Berkel. “They are wonderful people who are passionate about what they do and committed to supporting music that moves them. It’s a true honour to join their roster!”
To celebrate the signing and ahead of an upcoming release via Pheromone Recordings, Berkel has self-released the Cicada EP, a collection of songs recorded throughout the last two years which features guests Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station), Michael Feuerstack, Daniel Romano and Kay Berkel.
“Love Is A Dark Thing” is a duet with Michael Feuerstack, who Berkel claims is “one of the greatest songwriters in this country. As I was writing this song, I could already hear his warm, gentle voice singing it with me.” “How Red The Bloom” is a spookier song featuring Tamara Lindeman, another one of Canada’s finest. “She has such a rich and expansive voice. I thought it would be perfect on this song. We sent it to her in Toronto and she swiftly sent it back with these perfectly eerie harmonies.” The EP is available for purchase HERE and the track list can be found below.
Born in the heart of Ontario’s lush forests and fields, Berkel’s music has drawn her from rural Ontario to Winnipeg to Toronto and now to Montreal. This constant shifting finds its rest in her songs: her lyrics are dreamy and piercing, shimmering with memories and glittering with the quiet solitude of a night sky.
A full length LP is due out on Pheromone Recordings in the near future and full album details will be announced shortly. In the meantime fans in Toronto can see Jenny Berkel perform at The Burdock on December 18 with Marine Dreams.
CICADA EP TRACKLIST
1 How Red The Bloom
2 Love Is A Dark Thing
3 All That You Do (Live at Paradiso)
4 Pale Moon
5 Virginia Blues
6 Like A Rope