“If you dare to dream Combine the Victorious' "Thunder" will leave you thinking better days are ahead” - Mike Usinger
Combine the Victorious
a brief history
Combine the Victorious is the sublime blend of a David Lynch movie, Eurythmics and Portishead. Beautiful melodies with thoughtful lyrics and arpeggiated notes written from the rain soaked streets of Vancouver, Canada.
Combine the Victorious formed in Vancouver in 2007, growing from a spirited collaboration between husband and wife: producer Mark R Henning, formerly of Pure and Blisterene, and fashion designer Isabelle Dunlop.
Already independently successful in their chosen fields, their instinct for collaboration was soon realized on their debut full-length, The World Over. The record received both critical and popular praise, including inclusion on compilations as far afield as Toronto and the Czech Republic! The first song the duo wrote together, Blue Kitchen, went on to become the theme song for the television series About A Girl - one of 8 songs licensed from the debut record.
Subsequent releases, Disagreements and Crumbling Hearts saw the band refining their musical identity, distilling to a powerful, evocative essence, perfectly captured on the standout track from the Crumbling Hearts, Glasgow, where sumptuous guitars weave in and out of Mark's wily groove, a perfect backdrop for Isabelle's melancholy lyric and heart-breaking melody.
Over the years the duo has been primarily a studio project though the rare live performances have always been well received. They have released two EPs, three full length albums and a series of singles. In 2022, under the curation of Thorvald Records the “Paros” anthology was released. A collection of songs spanning the Crumbling Hearts EP, Autonomous album and a handful a new unreleased songs and singles and remixes: it makes an excellent representation of CV’s output over the past decade.
As of the summer of 2022 the duo is prepared to begin releasing brand new material reflecting their new sound: a down tempo almost trip hop collection of songs. The first of these was “We Are Not Alone” follwed by "Crazy Story": a lovely duet between Isabelle's sultry vocals and Mark's minimal piano.
“Married in both life and art, the duo formed in 2007 has maintained a steady output of recordings, including two EPs, three full-length albums and regular singles” - Stuart Derdeyn