Phoebe Killdeer

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Phoebe Killdeer
Phoebe Killdeer from Nouvelle Vague.jpg
Phoebe Killdeer performing with Nouvelle Vague, 2007
Background information
Birth name Phoebe Tolmer
Born 1977 (age 40–41)
Antibes, France
Occupation(s) Musician, singer

Phoebe Killdeer (born 1977) is an Australian musician and the lead singer of the groups Phoebe Killdeer & the Short Straws and Phoebe Killdeer & the Shift. She is best known for her song "Fade Out Lines", which became a major international hit in 2014 when a reworked version of it was released by the deep house producer The Avener.

Life and career[edit]

Killdeer became known performing with the French new wave covers band Nouvelle Vague. She appears on their second album, Bande à Part (2006), and she also toured with the group.[1] She also features on the Basement Jaxx song "Tonight", on their album Kish Kash (2003), and on the Zero dB track "Sunshine Lazy", on the album Bongos, Bleeps and Basslines (2006).[1]

Following her work with Nouvelle Vague, Killdeer went on to pursue a solo career, forming the band The Short Straws, and releasing her first album, Weather's Coming, in 2008. Killdeer's second album with the group, Innerquake, was released in 2011.[2] Killdeer's musical style is influenced by Tom Waits and by 1960s rock and blues; her voice has been compared to that of Peggy Lee and of PJ Harvey.[2]

A song from the second album, "The Fade Out Line", was subsequently reworked by the French deep house producer The Avener (Tristan Casara).[3] It was released in September 2014 under the slightly altered title, "Fade Out Lines". The song charted in several countries, reaching number one in Germany,[4] Spain,[5] and Austria,[5] and reaching number 3 in France,[5] and number 6 in Italy.[5]

Killdeer later moved to Berlin where she began a new project, Phoebe Killdeer & the Shift, featuring Thomas Mahmoud-Zahl and Ole Wulfers.[6] Their first album, The Piano's Playing the Devil's Tune (2016), is an experimental collaboration with the Portuguese actress and singer Maria de Medeiros (best known for playing the girlfriend of Bruce Willis's character in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction).[6] The album was released on the Leipzig-based label Altin Village & Mine.[7]


Phoebe Killdeer & the Short Straws
  • Weather's Coming (2008)
  • Innerquake (2011)
Phoebe Killdeer & the Shift


  1. ^ a b Rhoads, Celeste. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Péguillan, Frédéric (10 October 2011). "Innerquake". Télérama (in French). Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Bordier, Julien (6 December 2014). "The Avener: "Fade Out Lines est né dès le premier jet"" (in French). Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Avener — Fade Out Lines". (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d "The Avener — Fade Out Lines (chanson)". (in French). Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Reith, Annika (11 February 2016). "Narration in Moll – Phoebe Killdeer & The Shift with Maria de Medeiros: Videopremiere »Dream B«". Spex (in German). Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Stream the new album by Phoebe Killdeer & The Shift". The Wire. March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 

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