(Composer/Performers, Rin, Tongue and Dorner, The Music)
Elsiane is a Montreal-based duo featuring the beguiling vocals of multi-instrumentalist Elsieanne Caplette and percussion by Stephane Sotto. Their influences pass through jazz, rock, electronic and world music, with an intriguing nod to the Trip Hop of Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky, but their sound is like nothing you’ve ever heard. Elsiane’s otherworldly vocals and unique melodic approach made her the ideal fit to play alien seductress Tongue in Rin, Tongue and Dorner. The album has over one million monthly streams across Spotify and Apple Music.
(Music on Island Fruit Remedy)
UK born DJ, Robert Perkins AKA El Búho marries his influence of Dub, IDM and Electronica with the rhythms, traditions and melodies of Latin American folk and the organic sound of waterfalls, birdsongs and crackling leaves. The result is a dreamy, deep, melodic journey that entrances as much through headphones as it does on the dancefloor. Having lived in Mexico City for a number of years, El Búho has drawn significant influence from Mexico’s cultural traditions, incorporating elements of Latin American music and the region’s natural sounds into his personal style of organic, folk-tinged electronic music. TooFar Media licensed El Buhos hypnotic sounds for Island Fruit Remedy.
(Vocals, The Hope We Seek: Songs from the Big Wheel)
Boston-based American singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler’s idiosyncratic blend of Gothic dream folk, Americana, dreampop and noir-ish rock has captivated audiences and critics alike for twenty years. With a dozen records under her belt, the last several released on Sacred Bones Records (distributed by Bella Union), she has toured the globe extensively and collaborated with or contributed vocals to artists including Mercury Rev, Black Mountain, Lost Horizons, Xasthur, Xiu Xiu and Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl). Her diaphanous, seductive mezzo soprano voice breathes to life the goddess “Hope” in The Hope We Seek: Songs from the Big Wheel, capturing Hope’s power, command and unachievability. The results are nothing short of bewitching.
(Guitar, Wild Animus, Too Far, The Hope We Seek, Arms From The Sea, The Slide That Buried Rightful)
Brooklyn-based guitar player and composer extraordinaire Marc Ribot has released over 25 albums under his own name over a 40-year career. He heads up the avant power trio/post-rock band Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, which continues the lineage of his earlier experimental no-wave/punk/noise group efforts. In his famed collaboration with Tom Waits, he helped create a “new, weird Americana” on 1985’s Rain Dogs and has since then been the go-to guitar player for roots explorers Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello and John Mellencamp. Additional recording credits include Neko Case, Diana Krall, Beth Orton, Marianne Faithful, Caetano Veloso, Laurie Anderson, Norah Jones, The Black Keys, Elton John/Leon Russell and many others. Ribot frequently collaborates with producer T Bone Burnett, most notably on Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s Grammy Award winning “Raising Sand” and regularly works with composer John Zorn. He has lent his singular electric guitar signature to five TooFar Media projects to date: The Slide That Buried Rightful, Arms from the Sea, The Hope We Seek, Too Far and Wild Animus.
(Vocals, The Slide That Buried Rightful)
Auckland-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Hollie Fullbrook is the face of the acclaimed indie folk trio Tiny Ruins. Her spare, haunting songs are rooted in classic British folk and American blues. She has toured with Calexico, Beach House and Fleet Foxes, and recently collaborated with British author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, Utopia Avenue) on music for his Utopia Avenue. Don’t miss Hollie’s achingly beautiful voicing of the ruminative survivor Kiachuk in The Slide That Buried Rightful.
(Producer/Mixer, The Hope We Seek, Arms From the Sea, The Slide That Buried Rightful)
Peter is a Grammy Award-winning record producer, audio engineer, mixer, and musician. Katis is best known for working with alternative and indie rock bands such as, The National, Jonsi from Sigur Ros, Brian Fallon, Darlingside, Kurt Vile and Head & The Hearts. He works primarily out of his own studio, Tarquin Studios, in Bridgeport CT and is a member of the band Philistines Jr. Peter mixed the music for The Slide That Buried Rightful, Arms from the Sea, and along with Chuck Ainlay, The Hope We Seek.
(Composer/Performer, Arms from the Sea: The Music; Vocals, Dreams of Delphine and Wild Animus)
Orenda Fink is a veteran American singer-songwriter whose music draws on everything from Haitian and American folk to indie pop/rock. Originally half of the renowned dreampop duo Azure Ray (with Maria Taylor) and a member of Now It’s Overhead (with Andy LeMaster)–which began her long association with Connor Oberst’s Saddle Creek Records–she went on to work with acts including Moby, Bright Eyes, Pete Yorn and others before finding success as a solo artist and in collaboration with a slew of notable musicians, including Azure Ray reunions with Taylor. Her lush, ethereal vocals can be heard on the Dreams of Delphine’s Bonus Track and the Wild Animus albums, The Ram, The Wolves and Animus, as well as the gorgeously reflective Arms from the Sea: The Music, which she composed and performed to hypnotic effect.
(Drums/Percussion, Wild Animus three-album set)
Legendary drummer/percussionist Jim Keltner’s storied career includes collaborations with some of the all-time luminaries of rock/pop. As a session drummer, he cut his teeth with contributions to albums by Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon and many others, all of which led to a long and close association with The Beatles; he can be heard on solo recordings of John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono and her Plastic Ono Band. He went on to become Ry Cooder’s go-to drummer, recording with him over 40 years, and a member of the 1980s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. In the years since, he’s collaborated and/or toured with J. J. Cale, Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Elton John and Leon Russell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Simon & Garfunkel, T Bone Burnett, The Pretenders, Oasis, Bonnie Rait, The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, and Phoebe Bridgers, to name just a few. For TooFar Media, he applied his rhythmic virtuosity to frame drums custom-designed for him, lending raw, savage beats to the Wild Animus three-album set.
(Vocals, Too Far’s Dawn Remembers, Dreams of Delphine and Wild Animus)
Maria Taylor has lent her warm, contemplative vocals to a wide array of creative projects including Andy LeMaster’s Now It’s Overhead—which began her ongoing relationship with Saddle Creek Records and collaboration with various SC artists—and most notably, the acclaimed dreampop duo Azure Ray, with longtime partner Orenda Fink. After touring extensively with Azure Ray and providing backup vocals for various albums by Moby, Bright Eyes and Crooked Fingers, Maria struck out on her own in 2005, earning critical plaudits and establishing herself as a formidable, much-loved solo artist, while releasing collaborations with LeMaster and Azure Ray reunion albums with Fink. Her velvety, intimate vocals bring to life “Dawn” on the Too Far album, Dawn Remembers, narrating with deep affection the triumphs and follies of the child’s imagination.
Nils Petter Molvær
Norwegian trumpet player, composer and producer Nils Petter Molvær takes multiple music styles–jazz, ambient, house, electronic and break beats, as well as elements from hip hop, rock and pop music–and effortlessly reshapes them into unique and dramatic soundscapes of deep intensity. He finds as much inspiration in the poetry of Scandinavian nature as in electronic compositions, and there’s no mistaking the debt to Miles Davis and Jon Hassell. His stint with the acclaimed jazz combo Masqualero drew the attention of the renowned ECM label and began his long and prolific association with them. Alongside three Masqualero releases, he recorded a slew of classic studio sessions in collaboration with various ECM artists, and the label would later produce his first solo material. He went on to experiment with composition and technique, producing several more successful experimental and genre-bending solo albums in collaboration with a wildly diverse range of artists from DJ Strangefruit to reggae/dub greats Sly & Robbie. NPM’s distinctive trumpet “voice” features on compositions by the late great Lhasa de Sela, reimagined for TooFar Media’s Dissolve.
(Artist, Wild Animus – 50 original paintings)
François Burland ( 1958 ) is a visual artist. Based at Mont-Pèlerin / VD, his work belongs to the international scene. His work deploys a range of multiple artistic expressions. Through drawing in particular, it brings together various mythologies and beliefs, mixing ancient and contemporary sources.
With recovery materials, he creates objects and or carries out monumental installations. François Burland invigorates the ideologies of his childhood without affirming a political vision, but by bringing out humor, nostalgia and inventiveness.
He recently initiated a turning point in his artistic career by promoting collaborations and the organization of participatory projects. For TooFar Media, Burland painted 50 original stunning paintings for Wild Animus.
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
(Artwork/Paintings, Too Far, Arms From the Sea, Rin Tongue and Doner and Dreams of Delphine)
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910–1983) was an American self-taught artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the course of fifty years, from the 1930s until his death in 1983, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (EVB) produced an expansive oeuvre of poetry, photography, painting, drawing and sculpture. His body of work includes over one thousand colorful, apocalyptic landscape paintings; hundreds of sculptures made from chicken bones, ceramic and cast cement; pin-up style photos of his wife, Marie; plus dozens of notebooks filled with poetic and scientific musings. Never confined to one particular method or medium, Von Bruenchenhein continually used everyday, discarded objects to visually explore imagined past and future realities. For TooFar Media, EVB’s awe-inspiring paintings can be experienced in the following multimedia projects: Too Far, Arms From The Sea, Rin, Tongue and Doner and Dreams of Delphine.
(Artwork/Paintings, The Hope We Seek)
Donald Pass (9 September 1930 – 3 December 2010) was a British painter whose art has been compared to that of William Blake by a reviewer in an Oxford newspaper, among others. He is known for work based on a vision he experienced, which has been interpreted as the Resurrection of the Dead. Pass’s work is represented in museums in Britain, Europe, and also The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. In 1999, he won the prestigious ‘Art of the Imagination; award at the Mall Galleries in London. Pass strives to reveal something of the great mystery which underlines existence; of spiritual presence embodies as image. His visionary art speaks simply of extraordinary things beyond understanding. Pass’s artwork can be experienced in the project The Hope We Seek.
(Artwork/Paintings, Island Fruit Remedy)
Cuban-born Ramón Alejandro (1943) developed his self-taught technique as a teenager in exile in Argentina and Uruguay. After many prolific years in Paris, he moved to Miami, where he now resides. His brand of sensuous tropical surrealism–at once humorous and perverse–has earned him critical acclaim and both solo and collective exhibitions and commissions across Europe and the Americas. Winner of the Cintas Foundation Fellowship in New York, his work can be found in the permanent collections of Bibliothèque Municipale d’Angers and Bibliothèque Nationale in France, and the San Diego Museum of Art. He has also contributed to a number of book exhibitions devoted to limited editions illustrated by artists of note. His colorful, playful canvases are featured in Island Fruit Remedy.
(Animation, Island Fruit Remedy, Dissolve, The Slide That Buried Rightful, Beneath Caaqi’s Wings)
Auckland, New Zealand-based Tomas Cottle counts doodling, design, editing and animation among his favorite things. He graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Communications Design (Hons) in illustration from Massey University, then joined Saatchi & Saatchi NZ as an in-house motion graphics designer and editor. He’s currently freelancing. Tom masterfully animated many of Ramón Alejandro’s paintings for Island Fruit Remedy and Cameron Nelson’s photos for Dissolve, and all of the Paul Rumsey charcoals for The Slide That Buried Rightful.
Tavet is a New York City-born and based designer and animator whose art-directorial work includes TV spots for MTV, ESPN and HBO. He has storyboarded award-winning music videos for Primus, J-Dilla, My Morning Jacket and Pinback. Tavet’s short comedy “PLACENTA” screened at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2019 and his visual art collaboration with artist Dréya St. Clair is in the permanent collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in SoHo. His art appears in the books Pure Animation and Digital Art Revolution and his comedy has been featured in the Huffington Post and The New York Times. Tavet’s work is informed by NYC fashion and street culture, humor, art history and a sense of playful interdisciplinarity and Photoshop wizardry.