Graham Van Pelt


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Time Travel

Release Date: Oct 19, 2018
Label: Arbutus Records

PRESS RELEASES

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October 29, 2018

Graham Van Pelt (Miracle Fortress) Shares "Mountainside" Video Via PopMatters | 'Time Travel' LP Out Now Via Arbutus Records

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October 3, 2018

GRAHAM VAN PELT (MIRACLE FORTRESS) SHARES THIRD SINGLE "MOUNTAINSIDE" VIA THE 405

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September 19, 2018

Graham Van Pelt (Miracle Fortress) Shares "Vanishing Point" Track Via Clash | 'Time Travel' LP Out 10/19 Via Arbutus Records

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BIOGRAPHY

"I’d like to be as un-mysterious as I possibly can,” Graham Van Pelt says. He’s about to releaseTime Travel, his first record in the four years since he moved from Montreal to Toronto, and he’s no longer Miracle Fortress, or Inside Touch, or any of the aliases he’s used to record over the years. He’s just Graham Van Pelt.

With the perspective of leaving a longtime home, of watching old friends change and familiar places become unrecognizable, came a recommitment to an emotional honesty in Van Pelt’s songwriting. Time Travel’s eight songs are a tangle of friendships and feelings. Moving backwards and forwards in time, they occupy a space of elegant melancholy.

Immersing himself in the work of house music legends like Larry Heard, Vincent Floyd and Maurizio and the fragile disco of Arthur Russell, along with contemporaries like Jessy Lanza and Kelly Lee Owens, Van Pelt built the album from the bottom up, rooting every track in the crude sequencer of the Roland SH-101 synth, a decades-old dance music totem. The result are melodies that are simple but affecting, anchored to deep, wandering basslines. Time Travel was engineered by twin brothers Mark and Matt Thibideau, whose techno roots deepened the grooves throughout the record.

There’s a comfort to operating in the world of dance music, which is, in Van Pelt’s words, more of a “team sport” than the competitive atmosphere of indie rock. “I feel like one person participating in a community,” he says, “and less of a person trying to rise above.” The album is also Van Pelt’s first release on Arbutus, which he describes as his “dream outcome” for the record. “Their catalog intersects at a place that feels like home to me,” he says. “Music for late night, atmospheric music, really honest and unvarnished truthful stuff that never compromises.”

Time Travel is a renewal of Van Pelt’s vows with dance music, and with the genre’s pulse of synthesized melancholy. It’s a heartrending rush, as emotionally direct as a sweaty, jaw-clenching 3AM hug.

“I’d like to be as un-mysterious as I possibly can,” Graham Van Pelt says. He’s about to releaseTime Travel, his first record in the four years since he moved from Montreal to Toronto, and he’s no longer Miracle Fortress, or Inside Touch, or any of the aliases he’s used to record over the years. He’s just Graham Van Pelt.

With the perspective of leaving a longtime home, of watching old friends change and familiar places become unrecognizable, came a recommitment to an emotional honesty in Van Pelt’s songwriting. Time Travel’s eight songs are a tangle of friendships and feelings. Moving backwards and forwards in time, they occupy a space of elegant melancholy.

Immersing himself in the work of house music legends like Larry Heard, Vincent Floyd and Maurizio and the fragile disco of Arthur Russell, along with contemporaries like Jessy Lanza and Kelly Lee Owens, Van Pelt built the album from the bottom up, rooting every track in the crude sequencer of the Roland SH-101 synth, a decades-old dance music totem. The result are melodies that are simple but affecting, anchored to deep, wandering basslines. Time Travel was engineered by twin brothers Mark and Matt Thibideau, whose techno roots deepened the grooves throughout the record.

There’s a comfort to operating in the world of dance music, which is, in Van Pelt’s words, more of a “team sport” than the competitive atmosphere of indie rock. “I feel like one person participating in a community,” he says, “and less of a person trying to rise above.” The album is also Van Pelt’s first release on Arbutus, which he describes as his “dream outcome” for the record. “Their catalog intersects at a place that feels like home to me,” he says. “Music for late night, atmospheric music, really honest and unvarnished truthful stuff that never compromises.”

Time Travel is a renewal of Van Pelt’s vows with dance music, and with the genre’s pulse of synthesized melancholy. It’s a heartrending rush, as emotionally direct as a sweaty, jaw-clenching 3AM hug.

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Press Clippings

“…’Mountainside’, a touching and stirring piece of minimalist electronica.”
– The 405“…it’s a wonderful, undulating piece of opaque electronics, with a neat vein of pop threaded through.”

– Clash

Contact

Kip Kouri kip@tellallyourfriendspr.com
Michael Lantz michael@tellallyourfriendspr.com

Tour Dates

10/03 Birthdays w/ Kllo London, United Kingdom
10/04 Arch Space w/ Kllo London, United Kingdom
10/06 HÄKEN w/ Kllo Hamburg, Germany
10/07 Ideal Bar w/ Kllo Copenhagen, Denmark
10/09 Musik & Frieden w/ Kllo Berlin, Germany
10/10 MeetFactory w/ Kllo Prague, Czech Republic
10/11 Rote Sonne w/ Kllo Munich, Germany
10/12 Exil w/ Kllo Zürich, Switzerland
10/13 Costello Club w/ Kllo Madrid, Spain
10/14 Dabadaba w/ Kllo San Sebastián, Spain
11/07 Alphaville, Brooklyn, NY
11/08 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit, MI
11/11 Bar Datcha, Montreal, QC
11/16 Mills Hardware, Hamilton, ON
11/17 The Baby G, Toronto, ON
12/3 Mississippi Studios w/ Suuns Portland, OR
12/4 Sunset Tavern w/ Suuns Seattle, WA
12/6 Swedish American Hall w/ Suuns San Francisco, CA
12/7 The Ritz w/ Suuns San Jose, CA
12/8 Lodge Room w/ Suuns Los Angeles, CA
12/9 Soda Bar w/ Suuns San Diego, CA