Fort Vine is an indie-folk duo named after a secret tree fort in Manhattan, built by songwriting husband and wife, Trevor Tunison and Nyna Nelson. Their feel-good music embraces every audience with open arms as their strong harmonies resonate with meaningful poetry and happy grooves.
Named one of NYC's best unsigned bands by the New York Observer, Fort Vine has been continually touring the US in their diy-converted sprinter van, Gypsee Bungalow, since March 2018- an adventure that was chronicled in the May 2020 issue of the esteemed travel magazine Fifty Grande.
Fort Vine's music is featured in the popular film, TransWorld SNOWboarding: Origins, as well as Facebook Watch's web-series, Five Points, and Apple's viral Solar Eclipse campaign. Fort Vine successfully sold out the vinyl pressings of all four of their full-length albums, including an exclusive hand-made Wax Mage variant of "Primordial Mirror of Cosmic Reflection".
WHAT THE PRESS SAYS ABOUT FORT VINE
"From their modified sprinter van, in the many thousands of miles of the USA where they may be at any one time, indie-folk duo Fort Vine have dreamt and materialised their venture into psychedelia – the product is their brand new album, ‘Primordial Mirror of Cosmic Reflection’. The title track, which also serves as the second single for the album, is an ascending groove of soulful verses, soaring choruses and marching drums.
The duo themselves, Nyna Nelson and Trevor Tunison, say that “When people hear the song, we want them to feel like they just went on a cosmic journey of self discovery,” – needless to say, you should be listening to the track, not reading a review; my words won’t bring you to a raised consciousness like Fort Vine can! Nelson’s and Tunison’s vocals create the intertwining dichotomy that so well serves the gentle crescendo of the track into its cosmic choruses. Where Tunison’s vocals are forefront in the verses and humming refrains, they are soothing and introspective; where Nelson’s vocals are forefront in the choruses, they are layered, echoing, and inspiriting, instilling the image of that empyrean journey the duo describes.
Aside from its spirit, the track is sonically impressive too. Mixed by Ted Young (known for his work with The Rolling Stones, Kurt Vile, Sonic youth) and mastered by Ed Brooks (known for his work with Fleet Foxes, REM, Pearl Jam), Fort Vine have produced a tight, technically-striking track in ‘Primordial Mirror’, especially impressive for how much soul it carries."
-Turtle Tempo UK
"Since their humble beginnings, the group’s sound has slowly evolved- from atmospheric folk, to Fleetwood Mac-ish pop and throughout the intervening years, the group has performed everywhere from Greenwich Village’s Rockwood Music Hall to Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell."
-The New York Observer
"I was first introduced to the band Fort Vine when they put out their sophomore record 'Stay Magical' on the Too Many Records label; a great album full of good vibes, joyous harmonies and great instrumentation. I'm happy to say that the energy and all that good stuff has translated to their recent release. The vocal dynamics between singers Trevor Tunison and Nyna Nelson is still a perfect blend of voices, carrying these songs to angelic-like highs. The album's title is really fitting. There is an ambition and wide array of instruments that create a deep and warm sonic bliss. This is a great album to sit down to and just completely mellow out. This record sound phenomenal and continues the great track record of the TMR label. Plus, it doesn't hurt that these splatter presses look just as good as the music sounds- matching the artwork and vibes from the music perfectly. My favorite tracks are 'Say Hello', 'At The Crossroads' and 'Mind's Eye'."
"Fort Vine hooked us big time with their mega catchy tune “Late At Night.” Performed and produced to perfection, the hook bops and grabs the listener. It is high-quality rock and roll with a pop vibe. Totally addictive and worth checking out…right now."
"Fort Vine's recent single "Key To Love" was featured recently in an add on Apple's Instagram page, but that's no coincidence. Apple has a history of having great taste in music and this is no exception. The vocal line soars over the percussive instrumentation and the chant like background vocals make this a truly unique song that taps into that visceral part of the human spirit. If this doesn't make you want to dance I don't know what will."
"Fort Vine blends musical sophistication with unexpected twists, rich layering, catchy elements, and some of the smoothest vocals around into a fully cohesive alt-art rock project."
"Fort Vine is a phenomenal group of musicians who write songs that are simultaneously catchy yet ultra creative and perform them with full energy and flavor."
-Shrine World Music Venue