The Portland classical artist, who performs under the name Like a Villain, is known for her unrehearsed, long-form noise sets, which mix jazzy and operatic vocals with experimental woodwind compositions.
In early 2010, Holland Andrews (her real name) began her solo project behind the alias of Like a Villain. She pulls her influences from notable minimalist composers such as Arvo Pärt, contemporary vocalists including Diamanda Galás, and modern experimental musicians like Björk, and she is heavily influenced by Broadway and opera music. By creating a tapestry of live loops using her voice, clarinet, and glockenspiel, her aim is to emphasize the roots of organic sounds and create an emotional realm of sonic healing and magic.
"With her voice, a clarinet, a glockenspiel, and a loop pedal, Holland Andrews aka "Like a Villain" weaves haunting faerie tales of songs, capable of ethereal beauty and deafening, cathartic discord. Over the past few years, Andrews has established herself as one of the Northwest's most daring and captivating performers. "Great, big sonic constructs that crash through your expectations of what music is supposed to be" - Willamette Week
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