Montclaire

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  • Great Northwest Fest: Montclaire

    This show was on Aug 3rd, 2014 | 20 people watched
    2 Comments
    • Aug 4
      absolutely enjoyed the intimacy of the venue.
    • Aug 4
      Montclaire is always awesome no matter what the platform! Loved this!!!! She was great!
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Bio

Montclaire is the latest incantation of Portland-based singer/songwriter Sabrina Velazquez.

Velazquez gained a large following in her hometown of Honolulu, HI before releasing her first EP The Anomaly in 2009. She gained a dedicated fan base that found her playing weekly gigs across Hawaii, and landed her a coveted spot at SXSW 2010. After meeting producer John Askew (The Dodos, Alela... more

Montclaire is the latest incantation of Portland-based singer/songwriter Sabrina Velazquez.

Velazquez gained a large following in her hometown of Honolulu, HI before releasing her first EP The Anomaly in 2009. She gained a dedicated fan base that found her playing weekly gigs across Hawaii, and landed her a coveted spot at SXSW 2010. After meeting producer John Askew (The Dodos, Alela Diane, Richmond Fontaine), she released her first full-length album, The Hawk & The Hunter at the end of 2010, shortly after a move to Portland, OR. The album didn't just garner her a larger audience, but a west coast tour, and a coveted spot opening for Cat Power, whom her sound has been compared to.

Inspired by her move to the Pacific Northwest and the desire to expand her sound, Velazquez brought a handful of songs to producer Cory Gray (Carcrashlander, Grand Hallway, Widower), and asked friends Nate Ashely and Brian Wright (Pure Bathing Culture) who were already fixtures in the Portland music scene to join in the process. Montclaire’s debut EP release, In the Light of Morning finds Velazquez sticking to her indie rock influences and catchy riffs, while taking a step toward a new form that includes spirited harmonies, heavy percussion, and a blend of warped organ sounds.

A first step in a new direction, Montclaire’s new sound an exciting new endeavor for her music.

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