There is something incredibly hypnotic about the experimental R&B duo Evy Jane, comprised of Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. Lush vocals, synths, nocturnal beats, and seductive pop conjure an atmospheric vibe that draws you in deeper and deeper after each listen.
Making music together since 2010, the Vancouver based pair released their self-titled debut EP on King Deluxe in 2012—Pitchfork called their track “Sayso” stunning. Recently, after a notable absence, they’ve returned with the 2014 Winehouse favourite “Closer,” and they plan to release an album later this year.
Q: Can you give me a quick introduction to who Evy Jane is? And how this intriguing combo came together?
A: It’s just me (Evy) and Jeremiah. Evy Jane started in 2010, when I started writing songs to Jeremiah’s beats. We met at a festival I was singing at in Vancouver and then Jeremiah sent me a beat that became “Sayso.” The scene here is quite intimate, so it’s only a matter of time before music people cross paths. When things started to really gel, we began working on the music as a duo and we just kept the name.
Q: What and/or who are the major influences behind the band’s sound, style and lyrics?
A: For production style, we like anything trippy and sensual. Jeremiah was pretty influenced by Burial and Massive Attack, as was I. I grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Alicia Keys, and Beyoncé. Our style is definitely influenced by the mystical nature of the Pacific Northwest; by street culture, by Chinatown, by fashion, fantasy, femininity. I write the lyrics and I am a big fan of poetry. I tend to have two different styles of writing — there is the more jammed-out organic style like in “Closer,” and then I sometimes do formed lyrics…more cerebral and structured like in “Sayso.” I like surrealism, John Donne, abstract thought, erotica, etc.
Q: I love the images associated with Evy Jane? Who is behind the visual aspect of the band?
A: My brother Evan Mason has taken most of our press photos. We used to all live in a house in Strathcona together, so we would often mess around and create images with him. I guess the esthetic is mostly based around one facet of my style and persona, but we are all in it together.
Q: If Evy Jane’s music was a colour, what colour would it be?
A: Sea foam green!
Q: Favourite gig ever?
A: We played last summer at this festival called Bass Coast [electronic music & arts festival]. There was a huge thunderstorm just before our set and we were told that it may not be safe to play. But right before our show got called off, the storm cleared and there was a freaking double rainbow right above the stage. It was cathartic! The static and the release.
Q: Can we expect an album out soon?
A: We are going to finish the album this summer. Plans are to have it out before the year ends.
Q: What kind of vibe will you be bringing to NXNE 2014?
A: Moody, psychedelic, angelic, free!