The Copenhagen-based Scottish born composer Clarissa Connelly’s music is evocative of the whimsical and almost child-like tainted by an undercurrent of dark sensuality, disquietude and existential dread.
Characterized by complex arrangements, big compounded chords, as well as a broad array of instruments, effects and sounds, her songs orient the listener towards utopian beauty that lie somewhere between the baroque and the primordial.
With an experimental approach to vocal techniques, her voice can manifest benevolent fay-like creatures as easily as banshees and maleficent spirits singing melodies that retain the accessibility typically associated with pop-music.
The compositions are lyrically and aesthetically grounded in Celtic folklore and Scandinavian vitalism. The threshold between the mundane and the fantastical are accentuated in her work, in such a way that the pursuit for – and the ability to recognize – real beauty in the world become anchored in the realm of work, everyday anxiety, motivation, human brilliance and failure.
Composed and arranged by Clarissa Connelly.
Johan Polder - Bass
Mikkel Fink - Drums
Andreas Murga - Guitar
Troels Damgaard Christensen - Electric guitarist
Clarissa Connelly - Piano, guitar, vox