Children at heart who love comedic, poetic, theatric, yet at times serious storytelling alongside truly magical music, should prepare themselves for the surprising world of Ronley Teper's Lipliners. Ronley Teper, a performance artist turned musician, has collaborated with the who's who of the Canadian independent music scene --not to mention puppets-- to produce a body of music that listeners constantly compare to Tom Waits and Mary Margaret O' Hara.
Ronley Teper, a performance artist turned musician, has collaborated with the who's who of the Canadian independent music scene --not to mention puppets-- to produce a body of music that listeners constantly compare to Tom Waits and Mary Margaret O' Hara. Her new EP Ronley Teper's Lipliners grew out of twenty short musical monologues that were publicly workshopped during twenty improvised shows featuring a revolving door of Canada's finest musicians who together create lush cinematic musical landscapes.
The Ottawa Citizen describes her as having "an almost childlike fascination for experimentation."
Americana UK has called her "Eclectic Nu-Freak Folk Perfect for Late Night Listening."
"If Joanna Newsom gave birth to Tom Waits' illegitimate daughter and then refused to breastfeed her, the girl might grow up sounding a lot like Toronto's Ronley Teper," according to BlogTo.
Ronley was born in South Africa and grew up in Toronto. She picked up a guitar in high school, then learned to put her alluring poems and monologues to thematic melodies. Her first release Stories From The Tray (2001), produced by Keith Mariash, is an album of stories depicting a naive waitresses sobering experience serving sordid regulars. Ronley's follow-up album, Cornered In The Alley (2005), produced by Mark Mariash (Sarah Slean, Ron Sexsmith), Carl Petzelt, and Chris Bartos (Sarah Harmer) is an exploration of Universal Love and the pretty, dark, dirty, ugly, childlike and beautiful experiences of everyday love. Ronley continues to experiment in vocal characterizations, music as a performance art, puppetry and poetry with some of Canada's finest performers.