A classical violist hooked on the harmonies of Motown and the storytelling of folk, Cardiello sings of mental institutes, cross-border love affairs, grief, ghosts, and an alternative version of the American dream. Rachael Cardiello and her Warm Electric Winter band bring an orchestral, magnetic soundscape to their sets: equal parts intimate and fierce with a backbone groove that keeps the dancefloor high and vibrant. Bold, neon soul.
Though raised in Montana, Cardiello has spent the past ten years weaving a web of support across Canada and now calls the humid streets of Toronto home. In the summer of 2015, Warm Electric Winter played 23 shows across Canada including main stages at Tiny Lights, Campbell Bay Music Festival, The Victoria Jazz Festival, South Country Fair and The Brandon Folk Festival. In Toronto, Cardiello’s band frequently expands to feature a four piece horn section and backup singers at such venues as The Dakota Tavern, the Rivoli, the Cameron House and the Piston.
“Warm Electric Winter weaves genres so unbelievably easy, as you dance away in your head to a blues drenched melody you’re suddenly taken away to the Pop plains where her voice lends itself to the ages. As I listened to ‘Warm Electric Winter’ I just couldn’t get past how much Rachael’s voice reminds me of two of my most favourite female’s vocalists Beth Gibbons (Portishead) and Kate Bush, and BTW that’s a good thing.” Sonic More Music, Toronto
“Cardiello wastes no time letting you know you’re in new territory with Warm Electric Winter” Eugene Weekly, Oregon
Rachael has toured, collaborated, and recorded extensively in both Canada and the USA with a variety of artists. The past year saw her singing backups for The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, playing organ for Miss Quincy and the Showdown and viola for Skye Wallace, Gabrielle Papillon and The James Burrows Band. For two summers, Cardiello toured with the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and collaborated with them on a sold out, multi-media folk-rock opera called There Once Was a Girl. Other collaborations include David Newberry, Jenny Berkel, Abigail Lapelle, Blue Sky Miners, Anna Atkinson and Humble Wonder Theatre. Recording credits include Chloe Charles, James Burrows, Abigail Lapell, JP Maurice and Georgia Straight. Music from her 2011 EP One for the Wind was featured in a short film, The Things I Want to Tell You, which debuted in New York on September 30, 2012.