Nan Macillan & Deau Eyes

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Nan Macillan

“A dazzling work of folk-laced indie pop” – Glide Magazine

“Wonderfully spacious, nodding to the likes of Basia Bulat or Natalie Prass” – For the Rabbits

“In her video for “How Many Miles,” performed at a craft cidery in Charlottesville, Macmillan’s luminous, clear voice lulls listeners as she recites three poetic verses.” – NPR Music

Now residing in Brooklyn, Berklee College of Music graduate Nan Macmillan was first raised by the sea in Massachusetts, then spent her high school years in the hills of Southern California, before studying poetry in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The indie-folk-pop artist writes about the underlying threads connecting these chapters of her life. On her debut full-length album, From Both Eyes, Macmillan explores the dark and hopeful corners of her heart and mind with lyrical precision and intricate sonic landscapes. Co-produced by Hiss Golden Messenger’s Alex Bingham, her music offers a gentle and fierce combination of sadness and hope, reverie and reality, feeling resistant to time’s passing and finding the rhythm of it all anyway.

Deau Eyes

“A definitive artist-to-watch revitalizing indie rock through a refreshingly raw soundtrack packed with grace, fury, and attitude.”
— Atwood Magazine

Deau Eyes’ anticipated sophomore album Legacies — a sprawling, majestic exploration of what it means to “leave things behind that have integrity and meaning” — began when one of her exes called her up, asking if she wanted to go to Moscow with him in a couple of years and hop on a train to Beijing. Part of her loved the idea, but an older, wiser part knew that wasn’t her anymore. “There’s this whole thing with investing in yourself and moving forward with yourself and what you’ve built that you can’t just pick up in two years out of the blue when this guy calls and says, ‘Hey, I’m going to Moscow,’ ” Thibodeau explains.

She turned this personal inflection point into “Moscow in the Spring,” a dreamy pop number haloed in the hazy glow of starry synths and tinkling sleigh bells. Thibodeau wanted the song to sound like “an Icelandic airport… like you’re in a waiting room and you’re going somewhere really exciting.”

Thibodeau’s newfound focus on what we’ve made, and what we’ll leave behind, forms the basis of Legacies. For obvious, pandemic-related reasons, she wrote the record with a mindset that she describes (with a laugh) as “existential crisis vibes across the board.”

Recorded between her closet and the respective studios of co-producers Scott Lane and DJ Harrison, Legacies came together with more intention than the flash-bang intensity of her Let It Leave debut, which was taped in a matter of days with longtime friends Jacob Blizard and Collin Pastore (known for their work with Lucy Dacus, illuminati hotties, and Julien Baker). Over the course of four months, Thibodeau spent her days waitressing, then would rush over to Lane’s studio to craft the sounds of Legacies deep into the night. The resulting 10-song set is an undeniably cinematic journey, informed by her love of artists from Brandi Carlile to Emily King to Fiona Apple.