Eliza Niemi may be a recognizable face as the bassist/vocalist of Halifax’s acclaimed internationally touring band Mauno. In April 2019, she emerged as a solo artist with the release of her debut EP, Vinegar. This six-song set introduced an understated, intimate approach centering Niemi’s vocals and lyrics in the soft glow of its sophisticated chamber-pop arrangements. Weaving together a patchwork of found sounds with shivering cello, sparse percussion, and Casio keyboards, her tender singing floats to the forefront. Drawing on influences from the avant-pop sound collages of The Books with the heart-on-flannel-sleeve words of The Weakerthans’ John K. Samson, her melodies swirl in a fragile snow globe of ASMR pop. Onstage, she translates this music into captivating performances with her bowed instrument, electronic loops, and lulling vocals providing a welcome antidote to the screaming guitars of her sonic peers. 2020 will see the release of Niemi’s sophomore EP alongside plans to hit the road as a seasoned artist reborn with a singular sound.