When it comes to creating art, Tess Roby is a firm believer in exploring different environments and finding new ways to interpret them. ¨I feel like every space has an energy, and it’s really important to find spaces that give you a positive energy when you’re performing, recording or writing ¨.
Beacon, her first full-length album via Italians Do It Better, was written in 2015 following the death of her father. The title refers to a brick watchtower in Dalton, Lancashire, built in the English countryside during the Napoleonic War to warn off French invasion, and visited frequently by Roby and her family. Recorded at Montreal’s The Bottle Garden using vintage drum machines and synthesizers, the record is eight tracks of hazy, melancholic avant-pop, anchored by the classically trained singer’s sweeping vocals.