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Bronwen Exter / Press

“Bronwen Exter’s croon recalls the much-beloved voice of Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star… One whisper of that smoky, husky voice can seduce the pants off of any bystander. Exter interprets and completely transforms Jonathan Spottiswoode’s songs with a pop lounge flair on 2006’s Elevator Ride. Spottiswoode, a talented NYC songwriter who takes a few cues from Tom Waits, shows his vehement approval by appearing on guitar in her band. The real highlight of her debut album, however, is her very own craftwork “Float,” a haunting song that could charm its way into any hip downtown lounge.”

Nancy Chow - The Deli Magazine

“On her début album, ‘Elevator Ride,’ Bronwen Exter’s voice is like a warm mist capable of obscuring all of life’s problems.”

John Donohue - The New Yorker

“OK, picture this: Lou Reed and Astrud Gilberto have a baby. She’s raised by the band Mazzy Star until the age of 16, when she falls in love with James Bond and runs away to Argentina. Got it? The soundtrack for this story is the music of New York resident Bronwen Exter. Hypnotizing you with her husky, half-whispered vocals, she’ll thrill you with the mixture of samba, tango and NYC cool, and entice you with lyrics about dreams, pain and roads from the moon to the sun. To the instrumental foundation of bass, drums and guitar, Exter adds organ, piano, trumpet and saxophone. The work of songwriter and producer (and one-time PS DIY artist) Jonathan Spottiswoode is evident in the offbeat yet refined sound. From the refreshingly eccentric lyrics to the creative arrangements, Elevator Ride will be a trip your ears will want to take again and again.”

Mare Wakefield - Performing Songwriter

“Exter possesses a breathy, ethereal singing voice that is reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones and the Cowboy Junkies Margo Timmins. Elevator Ride is full of enchanting tales of scorned women, the Deep South, and intoxicating tropical nights, with Exter’s voice creating alternating senses of narcotic tranquility and tragic nightmare ... Basically, if you don't like this album, then there's something wrong with you.”

Ethan Kanat - BreakThru Radio

“Delightfully dark lounge sweetness.”

Tim Perlich - NOW Toronto (Critic’s Pick for NXNE 2007)
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