An off and on recluse, Terra Lopez spent countless hours in her Northern California bedroom each day recording hundreds of gritty, personal demos with her classical guitar and MPC. Staring at the ceiling of her apartment, she taught herself how to sing by studying vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Jeff Buckley. It was during this time that Lopez started to form the sound and scope of what would become Sister Crayon. Shortly after, Lopez met Dani Fernandez and the two bonded over hip-hop and the MPC. Inseparable, the duo started collaborating and word spread quickly about Sister Crayon on the West Coast.
Over the years, the project has undergone numerous lineup changes and been bolstered by the addition of live keys and drums. With drummer Omar Barajas in the mix, Sister Crayon’s live show is passionate, dynamic and emotionally resonant.
Sister Crayon released their debut album, Bellow, in early 2011. The record received high praise from critics, citing Lopez’s ability to “make an impression on the mainstream” (BBC). With radio and television support, Bellow helped introduce Sister Crayon to the world at large and gleaned a loyal fan base that continues to grow. Since their debut, Lopez and Fernandez have worked relentlessly to reinvent the project, with the focus shifting back towards its founding members. The two women have honed in on the electronic side of things, centering more on Lopez’s powerful, diverse vocal range while utilizing heavy beats and haunting melodies. Following a 7” release with the band Warpaint for a David Bowie compilation, Sister Crayon released The Disquiet EP in 2012. A series of covers, the EP showcased the project’s multifarious inﬂuences ranging from Sufjan Stevens to Bill Withers.
Having toured nationally for most of 2012 with the likes of Built to Spill, The Album Leaf and Maps & Atlases, Sister Crayon went into the studio in late September to record the Cynic EP. Produced by Wes Jones, the EP was completed over the course of a weekend at Hangar Studios in Northern California. During the last day of recording, Lopez, Fernandez and Jones wrote and recorded the song “Meager Leavings” in one sitting. It was during that experimental session with vintage synths and a variety of drum machines that Lopez and Fernandez finally felt they had discovered the direction they were after all along. Lopez says the song is a confessional ode to her past and describes it as a prelude to the project’s new sound on the upcoming full-length.
The Cynic EP is at times raw and inconsolable, inspired by Lopez’s absent father and daily frustrations with the past. Sister Crayon’s new body of work is unapologetic in its intensity, allowing them to create their most revealing work to date. Upon the release of Cynic, Sister Crayon plans to unveil a fresh live sound with tour dates in the Spring while also writing new material for their second full-length, set to be released in late 2013.