Estyr weaves stories of femininity, heartbreak, liminality, and Toronto’s suburbs into songs layered with lush vocals and warm acoustic guitar. Her songs move between indie rock and alt-R&B styles while remaining firmly rooted in lyrical storytelling. Whether performing solo, with upright bassist Brandon Davis, or with experimental band Tiger Balme, she’s noted for her dynamic and down-to earth stage presence, engaging audiences to laugh, reflect, and heal.
The titular single from Estyr’s second EP, All Tied Up, was released in May 2021. The five-track album, produced by Rob McLay in Toronto, is a nostalgic reflection on her coming-of-age as a second-generation immigrant, featuring modulated vocal harmonies and electric drums. Drawing on influences such as Weyes Blood and Alex G, the EP will be released as a soundtrack accompaniment to indie feature-length film, Altar Boy, directed by Toronto-based emerging director Serville Poblete, to be released in late 2021. She says, “I’ve long felt like I was writing a soundtrack I never had as a teenager--one that resonated with my reality as a multiracial kid in a suburban town. Altar Boy tells a story that would have spoken to me then.”
In January 2021, Estyr released her third single, “Slow Drip”, produced by LE-VI. The summer-y track describes the anticipation of waiting for a lover at home in morning sun. The single followed another LE-VI collaboration, “Mad Woman”, a restrained reflection on anger released in May 2020 which received CBC radio play regionally (Fresh Air, Ontario; In the Key of C, Ontario) and locally (Big City, Small World; CBC Radio One, Toronto).
An ardent proponent for diversity in the arts, in 2017 Estyr founded Tiger Balme, an all-female band that has shared the stage with Madison McFerrin (Drake Underground, 2019), Emily Soon (Toronto, 2019), and Cutsleeve (Monarch Tavern, 2019). They are currently working on their debut full-length album with producer Paul Chin (Full Spectrum, 2020) in Toronto (release date to be determined). Estyr says, “Tiger Balme is the embodiment of everything I love as an artist: a collective space for women and people of colour to write and share their stories.”
Since the release of Estyr’s debut single, “Human Alchemy” (September 2019), she has received national radio play (The Strombo Show, CBC Music), while performing at music festivals and intimate venues across Southern Ontario and Finland, including: What’s in the Box Festival X UNMASKED (December 2020), BIPOC Fest (December 2020), The Drake Underground (January 2020), Holy Smokes Music Festival (Guelph, 2019); SoFar Sounds (Toronto, 2019), and Manala (Helsinki, 2019).
“Carried by a shuffling beat and shimmering guitar, “Slow Drip” is upbeat yet relaxed, riding its airy groove with seeming effortlessness. As the song moves from sections of sparkling anticipation to quiet contemplation, Estyr’s sweet voice glides over the instruments with impressive versatility…” - LeAnn Nguyen, From the Intercom (Los Angeles, USA), January 2021
“‘Slow Drip’ is a fun lo-fi bop that fits perfectly on your rise-and-shine weekend morning playlist. The song is fundamentally casual with a funky pop-induced bass line that will leave you swaying on your feet. Be sure to pair this song with your favourite warm morning beverage. - Sami Huda, Serious Betty (Toronto, Canada), January 2021
“Thanks to its honey-like pacing, echoing instrumentation, and Estyr’s beautifully crystalline vocals, “Human Alchemy” is the type of song that turns the messiest of breakups into an exercise in artful contemplation.” - Li-Wei Chu, From The Intercom (Los Angeles, USA), January 2019