Toronto native Tess Roby is an artist to keep both an eye and an ear out for. Based in Montreal, she’s been involved in the local scene as a musician, DJ and photographer for over three years. Tess has also been hosting a radio show, ‘Distant Rhythms’ on N10.AS radio, sharing her unique selection of dusty pop, melancholic electronic jams and recent discoveries.
Composing and performing under her own name, she is accompanied by her brother, Eliot Roby on guitar. Her music rides the line between classic 80s new-wave and lyric-driven synth pop, conveying both the intimacy of a bedroom studio and an urgency reminiscent of Kate Bush.
Her debut LP Beacon released on the label Italians Do It Better last April, and her recent tour with Carla Dal Forno—playing notably at Moogfest—are sure signs that this year marks an active turn for her. As part of her busy summer tour schedule, Tess Roby will be making a stop at Never Apart, joining us the center’s 3rd year anniversary celebration with a DJ set.
She recently hung out in the NVA Music Room and carefully picked six tracks that caught her ear form our record collection, here they are.
Tracks like this will get me on the dance floor immediately. Perked up as soon as I heard the opening synth loop, that truly carries the whole track. Would love to hear this one loud as fuck at an outdoor rave.