Kee Avil

 Photo: Fatine-Violette Sabiri







Montréal producer Kee Avil combines guitar, voice, and electronic production to forge deconstructed songs informed by a distinctive amalgam of post-industrial, avant-pop, glitch, minimalist, and experimental folk sensibilities. 

Harnessing a background in improvised music, Kee Avil’s self-titled EP (2018, Black Bough Records) introduced the project with a triptych of layered and fragmented vocal, segmented guitar, and electronic ooze, glued together by samples of screws dropped into crystal bowls. 

Catching the ear of Montréal label Constellation, Kee Avil’s debut full-length album Crease was released on the imprint in 2022, garnering widespread critical accolades and a Juno Award nomination. The Quietus called Crease “a stunning debut, with a keen ear for experimentation, whose musical explorations are as intriguing as its emotional impact” and Mojo declared “the ferocity of her vision, coupled with unpredictable wafts of delicious melodic certainty, make Crease a compulsive journey through an aural dreamworld.” This “modern deconstructed gothic dream” (Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC6) was a Bandcamp Album Of The Day and among its Albums Of The Year: “Sounds hang together like organs in a body, tightly wound and uncomfortably amorphous, each instrument partially digested, every tension unplaceable…a debut of fiendish creativity filled with uniquely gentle terrors.” 

Full of twitchy and finely wrought avant-pop songs, meticulously assembled to resemble disassembly, Crease expanded Kee Avil’s sonic and structural palette with intensive detail, revealing a compelling new voice in experimental songcraft, where touchstones include PJ Harvey, Eartheater, Shygirl, SOPHIE and Lucretia Dalt; where Juana Molina collabs with Coil, or Grouper melds with Autechre.

 Kee Avil performed Crease extensively in solo and duo configurations, playing at Ruhrtriennale, Le Guess Who?, A L’Arme, UH Fest, Wine Nat White Heat, Guelph Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Tone Festival, FME, and Pique, supporting SUUNS on a UK tour, and opening for artists such as Stephen O’Malley, Xiu Xiu, Kikagaku Moyo and Klô Pelgag. Live performances often included an accompanying visual component by video artist Myriam Bleau, whose visual album works for Crease were also featured in the film programming at Wavelength Festival and Supersonic Festival. 

The Crease Remixed EP was released in 2023 featuring reworkings by claire rousay, Ami Dang, Pelada, and Cecil Believe. Kee Avil’s follow-up full-length album Spine will be released on Constellation in May 2024.


Live Dates

30 May 2024 • Montréal, QC • Centre Phi
[Spine album launch - support by Nadège Grebmeier Forget]


Artist Photos

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Crease visual album by audiovisual artist Myriam Bleau


Contacts & Links

Kee Avil website
Kee Avil Instagram
Kee Avil Twitter

Amélie Malissard at act·art·mgt 

Press enquiries UK:
Lauren Barley at Rarely Unable

Press enquiries EU:
Ed Benndorf at Dense Promotion

Press enquiries North America:
Mark Trecka at Clandestine

Booking enquiries: 
Ricky BiondettiGiorgio Salmoiraghi at Swamp Booking