The truth at last… Meter Bridge are Richard Kleef and Jill Beaulieu. Playing and recording since 2011, they have jointly created an expansive catalog of tracks. Undaunted by continuous positive feedback, this quirky couple are always creating new work.
Their influences include: Cluster, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, The Cocteau Twins, Magazine, The The, and St. Savior. Picture David Bowie, Groove Armada, Hot Chip and the Knife melded into thoughtfully arranged original compositions.
Richard uses Ableton software, Native Instruments, Moog and Korg synths as well as some choice guitar rigs; the Telecaster being his staple. He is known for his creative guitar work, both ‘live’ and as a session player, always leaving room to breathe while serving up yummy ear candy.
Jill has a pure tone, with strength in her melody lines. She reaches into her DNA to pull out lyrics with a mesmerizing quality. Her intuitive style, rooted in years of transcendent chanting, shines through in this musical symbiosis. Together their voices blend into a Human League-like texture, while remaining hauntingly Meter Bridge.
Richard Kleef and Jill Beaulieu, have a distinctive and unmistakable sonic identity, unique from anybody else on the current electronica scene. This is led by their trademark multi-layered boy/girl melodic vocals, melded with minimalistic groove-infused alternative dance melodies teetering between retro and futuristic.
Based in Nelson, Canada, they have been playing together since 2011,gathering an enthusiastic following amongst music aficionados and lovers of classic and contemporary synthpop.
In 2014, they released their eponymous debut EP, following by the ‘Slow Motion’ LP in 2015, and Contact High in 2017. All of them drawing significant attention on the electronica scene internationally and landing them in numerous ‘Best of’ lists in each of these years.
The Record Stache (#8 synthpop album of 2015) says their music is “evocative of Man Machine period Kraftwerk, had the German four piece chosen to invent glitchcore on their way to perfecting technopop”.
Keith Whitham of Deadlights says of Contact High, “There’s things here for everyone. For tech-heads, the production and instrumentation is nothing short of stellar. For songsters, the lyrics are beautifully morose and the song construction is seamless.
Rob Dyer of dsomedia said this of Meter Bridge’s live show “Perhaps the most praise I can give Meter Bridge is that they genuinely sound unique to me. I really cannot think of another band that sounds similar to them. Their voices complement one another and the music they create is an unusual and original take on modern electronic dance music”.