Robyn Phillips created VALLENS in late 2014 to serve as her performance alter ego, secretly constructing her own world of music alone while playing guitar and gigging in various Toronto projects. The Vallens moniker allowed Robyn to introduce her own sound within the scene under the influence of namesake, David Lynch’s Dorothy Vallens.

Conjuring the likes of Rowland S. Howard, Wire, Angelo Badalamenti and Portishead; Vallens has been living deep in the construction of her first record, Consent (Due June 24th, 2016 on Hand Drawn Dracula). The album was recorded and produced by Josh Korody (BELIEFS, Nailbiter) at Candle Recording in Toronto, as well as with Jeff Berner (PSYCHIC TV) at Galumium Foil in Brooklyn, NY. The themes on Consent evoke the tension and stratosphere of Robyn’s early years and what it means to be female in our society.

In the past year Vallens has expanded to a full band (Colin Morgan – drums, Marta Cikojevic – synth & keyboards and Devon Henderson – bass) who have shaped and influenced Robyn’s further writing. The project debuted live in 2015 and quickly captured the attention of music critics, promoters, and the local music scene. Vallens has since been invited to perform at NXNE, POP Montreal, M for Montreal, CMJ, and Northside Brooklyn Festival as well they’ve shared the stage with Frankie Cosmos, Freak Heat Waves, Porches, MOURN, Ringo Deathstarr, A Place to Bury Strangers, Speedy Ortiz, Dilly Dally, Disappears, Psychic TV, U.S Girls, and La Luz.

Vallens first LP Consent is out June 24, 2016 via Hand Drawn Dracula.

“I’ve fallen in love with Vallens, a shoegaze band from Toronto, and their music video for “Dark Tunnel.” It is a shadowy mirage through the woods, splashed with glitter and fairy lights” – ROOKIE MAG

“21 Female-Fronted Bands You Need To Listen To” – BUST

“As Vallens, Robyn Phillips explores ashen, textured rock music that’s often shoegaze-y, but nod toward Sonic Youth’s tightly wound and distraught melodies.” – FADER

“dissonance, piercing guitars and impassioned vocals to make a sound akin to Siouxsie & the Banshees or Los Angeles’ X” – CLASH

“The music is shoegazey, complex, and textured—don’t listen to it because it’s cool, listen to it because it’s a good song. Then buy their new album on Hand Drawn Dracula, a label that continues to be both stylish and full of substance.” –

“The Lynchian influence returns full force in the Toronto-based ensemble’s new music video for “Devour” – a twisted boudoir photo shoot – a troubling meditation on identity – the gentle shoegaze soundtrack” ~ INTERVIEW MAGAZINE

“Consent’ is topical, powerful, and wholly invigorating” – CLASH


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1. While You Wait
2. Drag
3. Consent
4. Rosemary
5. Devour
6. Karen
7. Dark Tunnel
8. Tennesse Haze
9. Sin So Vain
10. Still Need Dreams

HDD053  · RELEASE DATE: June 24th, 2016

Limited run of 300 LPs worldwide on blue vinyl.

“an essential listen for fans of David Lynch & for anyone whose fingers are always on the pulse of new music” – BUST

“The lo-fi Toronto band’s David Lynchian inspired video demands respect and belief in women. – Vallens’ debut album, a dark aura of lo-fi rock led by singer-songwriter Robyn Phillips that explores a myriad of women’s issues including sexual, physical, and communicative consent” – NOISEY

“Vallens wants you to believe women – the album deals with a significant amount of heavy material including, but not limited to, addiction, sexual and physical consent, and death” – DAILY VICE

“From its melancholy start to its fantastic finish, Consent is a twisted fever dream truly evoking the band’s namesake” – Album Of The Week /NOW

“the type of record one should listen to with eyes closed, to fully allow the mind to be swept away on a journey that both delights and disturbs, in the most enchanting of ways” – 8/10 EXCLAIM!

“Consent is layered in a cloudy haze of dusky guitars over mysterious melodies, dreamy synthesizers seemingly taken from the lost tapes of a David Lynch film score, and shadowy, post punk grooves” – INTERVIEW / CBC RADIO3

“Vallens’ dark and smoky sound – definitely has a certain Black Lodge je ne sais quoi” – BROOKLYN VEGAN

Recorded with Jeff Berner of Psychic TV at Galuminum Foil in Brooklyn, NY and at Toronto’s Candle Recording with Josh Korody (Beliefs).


1. Tennesse Haze

HDD041  · RELEASE DATE: May 12th, 2015

“Directed by fellow Torontonian Shelby Fenlon, the clip finds Vallens mastermind Robyn Phillips wandering through a forest and other nature zones. It’s appropriately soft-focus, and the off-kilter chord changes of the song add to the feeling of dreamy disorientation.” – NOISEY

Recorded with Jeff Berner of Psychic TV at Galuminum Foil in Brooklyn, NY and at Toronto’s Candle Recording with Josh Korody (Beliefs).

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