In 2008, Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink moved from San Francisco to Toronto, irreversibly altering Snowblink from a whimsical warm-weather band touting four male backup singers (two of whom were MGMT) to the current acclaimed duo with Dan Goldman (Luxury Pond).
Snowblink quickly became "one of the most compelling new voices on the Canadian scene" (CBC), opening for Jeff Tweedy, Owen Pallett, Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, Great Lake Swimmers, and The Hidden Cameras on extended tours throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Snowblink's debut record, Long Live, was named an "essential release" by London's Sunday Times, and was granted four NNNN's from NOW magazine in Toronto. Long Live was recorded in California, Toronto, and Brooklyn, bringing together Gesundheit's far-reaching communities.
The collaborators and guest appearances on the record include Jay Pellicci (Deerhoof), Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver), Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors), Frank Lyon (Keepaway), Caley Monahon-Ward (Extra Life, Larkin Grimm), visual artist Dave Wilson, writers Max Goldberg and Andrew Connors, Isla Craig (The Deeeep), and Ryan Driver.
The songs for Long Live began in Mammoth Lakes, California, a dormant volcano in the Eastern Sierras, in a family cabin that Gesundheit had frequented since childhood. She spent her time there fusing her memories of family, friends, rumination, and loss with the prodigious landscape that surrounded her.
Gesundheit uses the imagery of deer felling their antlers, of bulbs taking a winter to finally push through the soil, of erosion, of the unfathomable size of grey whales, of the folded fingers of patience being a nest to birds, of a road paved over undertow, of tired bees, of opened oysters, of leaves going from green to gone without ever turning colour, of frosts thawing to describe the way human relationships weather with time.
Through her eyes we see nature and natural landscapes with human figures-- broken, vibrant, bereaved, or ecstatic-- in the foreground. What results is a tribute album of sorts --- a tribute to the people in our lives that pass on, one way or another, and to the roaring natural landscape of California.
Inner Classics is the duo's sophomore record, released in September 2012 on Arts & Crafts Records.
Written in a cottage on Lake Erie in winter, an attic studio in Toronto in the early spring, and a guest house in Malibu, California in the summer while listening to a live feed of whales singing off the coast of Maui, Inner Classics represents singer-songwriter Daniela Gesundheit's first body of work since moving to Canada. The album title itself is inspired by the "Inner Classic," or Huang Di Nei Jing, a Traditional Chinese Medicine text written by several anonymous authors between 300 and 100 B.C.E.
Recorded in Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles, Inner Classics was co-produced by the band and Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Ohbijou) and mixed by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre). Guest players on the record include friends and past collaborators of the band Barbara Gruska (Jenny Lewis Band, The Belle Brigade), Ryan Driver (Sandro Perri), Thom Gill (Owen Pallett), Misha Bower (Bruce Peninsula), and Caley Monahon-Ward (Extra Life).