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The West Fjords' brief history can be traced back to the winter of 2009 when work on Crash Landing (a collaboration between Micah Valdes and Christian Marquez) began. Crash Landing would later become the first song of the 10-track debut album, Telescope.

Most of the album was written between January-March and completed after a 40-day katzenjammer through Finland, Norway and Sweden in June 2009. While in Scandinavia, Christian Marquez wrote the remainder of the album; Nakemiin and Debts of Lovers. The ensuing months were spent recording and experimenting with waveforms under the auspices of Sound Engineer Eric Bennett at the Hunt Studio. By October 2009 much of Telescope was recorded.

The debut album, Telescope, was released on April 25, 2010 with album performances from Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females), Cindy Torres, Patrick McGrath & Eric Bennett. Music and lyrics written by Christian Marquez (formerly of Shiva Copal), except for Crash Landing, lyrics by Micah Valdes. The West Fjords are Christian Marquez [composer/guitar], Lynsey Vandenberg [guitar/vocals], Micah Valdes [vocals/glockenspeil], Masaki Yamagata [beats/electronics] and Joel Bernardo [bass].

Telescope was recorded & produced by Eric Bennett and Mastered by 2-time Grammy Award Winning Sound Engineer Tom Ruff at Asbury Media. Album cover photography by Aino Martikainen (Helsinki, Finland). Album art by Steve Mallorca (New York, NY) and Gary Gabisan (Los Angeles, CA). Telescope, is available on iTunes, CDBaby and

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MUSIC VIDEO | Floating House
Directed by Colin Rivera - October 2011


MUSIC VIDEO | Orbiter (Live)
Filmed by Colin Rivera - April 2011



MUSIC VIDEO | Adrift At Twilight
Directed by Colin Rivera - December 2010


MUSIC VIDEO | Frigid Lake (Live Encore)
Filmed by Colin Rivera - April 2011








"The music of the West Fjords is appealing without the intent to gain mass appeal, how refreshing. Telescope is picturesque: simply emotionally vivid music."

-Key Kool of The Visionaries, read full review at


"The album Telescope by a group named the West Fjords provides a unique auditory landscape that harbors music rich with an emotionally provocative subtly. Upon listening to the music of the West Fjords, one can imagine retreating to the Icelandic peninsula in an attempt to heal their soul."

-Key Kool of The Visionaries, read full review at


"Telescope is a simple yet beautiful album that combines spare, elegant electronics with plaintive, haunting guitar figures and honest vocals, conjuring images of cold rainy streets, long drives on stretched out highways in far away countrysides and summer nights under mountain stars. Take the long road away from a bad break up - or to your next fresh start - with this record. If, like me, you appreciate Pinback, Death Cab for Cutie and electro pop with latin-inflected guitars, you will enjoy this record."

-J.D.C., Red Datsun Music Factory

LINKS | Hunt Studio | Asbury Media | Riding Mower Records | Colin Rivera | Tom Takigayama Photography

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