Following the release of 2017's maximalist Puff EP produced by Grammy Award-winner Shawn Everett, Toronto-based experimental pop group Bernice present its minimalist follow up, Puff LP: In The Air Without A Shape, with which the band continues its enigmatic exploration of pop, jazz, R&B, and more. Sitting between Enya, Julia Holter, and Deerhoof where clear vocal melodies fly kites over spare arrangements, Bernice's new album attempts to mimic the playful intimacy of the band's live show. "Our goal was to capture how we really sound," says songwriter/vocalist Robin Dann of the new album, which also features new recordings of EP tracks "David" and "St Lucia". "Some people in a room, playing music together."
Recording the album at Breakglass Studios in Montreal, the band fell in love with the open spaciousness of the studio and how much it allowed them to connect whilst performing. Nothing is more indicative of the band's appreciation for space than the lead single, "Glue" – a breezy song that could float away at any moment. Multi-instrumentalist and longtime Owen Pallett collaborator Thom Gill plays synth bells and doo-ahs next to Colin Fisher's creaky alien chatter on guitar while Dan Fortin and Phil Melanson groove along. Vocalist Felicity Williams' harmonies punctuate Dann's poetic query. The song changes pace at the 3/4 mark and finds its form in a lounge-y, R&B groove.