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RUTH MASCELLI + CHARLÈNE DARLING GROUPE
November 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Upset The Rhythm presents…
CHARLÈNE DARLING GROUPE
Saturday 18 November
The Waiting Room, 175 Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 0PE
7.30pm | £8 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/tc44dce1c5c1
RUTH MASCELLI is one-quarter of the New Orleans no wave/glam/industrial group Special Interest, providing drum machine and electronic textures to their anthemic songs. As a solo artist, they have released a number of tapes as Psychic Hotline before making their debut under their own name with the album ‘A Night At The Baths’ on Disciples in 2021. Ruth lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The forthcoming second solo album from Ruth Mascelli and a clear progression from the pulse-racing night-time bathhouse concept of their debut record. Non-Stop Healing Frequency is a carefully constructed sequence of electronic mood pieces, tender ballads, kosmische disco tracks and industrial symphonies. Synth, piano and drum machine are layered carefully over the course of these eleven tracks, with Mascelli’s own voice featured several times, including a devastating version of “Lopin’ Along Thru The Cosmos” by the late, great Judee Sill.
CHARLÈNE DARLING aka Charlotte Kouklia builds a self-contained musical world via French and English language vocals and a minimalist backing of guitar, organ, bass and drums. At times, recalling the feminist post-punk of The Raincoats, the avant songcraft of Brigitte Fontaine, or the psychedelic vignettes of Cate Le Bon, in truth Charlène Darling sounds like herself. The arrangements are playfully experimental, dubbed-out percussion bubbling over the stripped-back instrumentation or rough tape edits disrupting lush harmonies, but never losing sight of the earworm hooks that make these songs so addictively listenable. Step through the door and walk right in.
Charlène Darling’s second album of beautifully constructed leftfield pop songs will be called ‘La Porte’ and will be released on Disciples soon. It is an exploration of misplaced desire and all-consuming romantic obsession. This performance will feature Charlène’s full live band, the Charlène Darling Groupe.