Classically trained, composer and arranger Robyn Jacob’s eclectic songwriting showcases vocal techniques and arrangements that invoke the Dirty Projectors and Bjork. With asymmetrical rhythms twisted around a pop skeleton, Only A Visitor makes room for themselves between pop and experimental music.
Joined in 2015 by drummer Kevin Romain, bassist Jeff Gammon, and singers Emma Postl and Celina Kurz, Only A Visitor released their EP Tower Temporary. In summer of 2017 they released their first full length album Lines, which was followed by a tour of Eastern Canada, including the Montreal, Toronto and Halifax International Jazz Festivals. In the fall of 2016 Robyn completed a solo music residency at the Banff Centre to begin work on the new album, Technicolour Education.
Only A Visitor specializes in working collaboratively with other artists to create multi disciplinary live events. Past collaborators include Mind of a Snail Puppet Company, The Kingsgate Chorus, and TwoBigSteps Dance Collective. Moving forward, the band is collaborating with artist Nancy Tam and her ensemble Jump Jump Go on a work that investigates the history of Chinese diaspora to Western Canada, using songs from Technicolour Education.
“Proof that there’s a beautiful world to be won by looking beyond old patterns.”
-The Georgia Straight