Quintessential Doll is the solo project of Steph Linsdell. A fiercely independent artist, Quintessential Doll produces, writes, records and performs her own music. After graduating from university with a classical music degree, Linsdell worked on honing her song writing and producing craft under the guise of Quintessential Doll by drawing on her love of a wide variety of musical influences (Bat for Lashes, Regina Spektor, Grimes, Alt-J, Imogen Heap) as well as her background in classical piano and violin. This, combined with lyrics that reflect the influence of myth and literature in her story-telling, result in what the artist describes as industrial folktronica. Her soundscape consists of brooding synths, atmospheric strings, driving guitar, pulsing beats and ethereal harmonies framed with evocative poetry. The multi- instrumentalist’s live performances see her display her versatility and dexterity as she sings, plays instruments and manipulates electronic elements.
Her single Live Like I’m Dying from the Let Not the Monsters Destroy MeEP (2014) garnered her a Queensland Music Award, and she released 2 follow up singles in 2015: Thunder Gods featuring the operatic vocals of Canadian collaborator Clio Em, and Saccharine (Rework) accompanied by an enigmatic music video. These releases served to prove the artist’s sense of self-assurance in her sonic and stylistic direction.