Gus Englehorn is an Alaskan singer-songwriter based in Quebec City. A former professional snowboarder, Englehorn transitioned to music a couple of years ago. My obsession with music grew too intense to ignore, Gus tells us. I’m a one-thing-at-the-time kind of guy.
His approach is visceral, subconscious and much like his snowboarding career, risk taking and unapologetic. Dadaism, alienation, childhood memories, autism and surrealism are all inspirations for Englehorn’s creative process. He shares the stage with his wife and Quebec artist, Estée Preda on drums. Preda is also a key collaborator both musically and aesthetically, and she enjoys being referred to as his indispensable sidekick.
Last January, Gus Englehorn released a debut album entitled Death & Transfiguration and has since been amassing a dedicated following. Death & Transfiguration received warm reviews locally: CHYZ crowned the record #1 album of the year in 2020, it was nominated for a GAMIQ award, and Le Canal Auditif gave it 8.5/10, calling it “a captivating musical UFO.” In France, Indie Music stated, “a true treasure of indie rock, already one of our favourite releases of the year,” while in the US, Atwood Magazine thought his first album was “an explosive release of the mind's goings-on.” Gus Englehorn recently played at the 2021 edition of POP Montreal, at the FME in Rouyn-Noranda and at The Great Escape in the UK.