Seeing as The Deli New England usually covers local bands/artists, I’m excited (and a bit overwhelmed) to be announcing an experimental electro-pop show comprised of three all-female international acts. Tonight, Lilypad in Cambridge, MA will be hosting Letonia Records labelmates Alex June (French-born, raised in Chile) and EDH (Emmanuelle de Héricourt, from France). Joining them will be Camilla Sparksss, a side project from Barbara Lehnhoff (of Swiss/Canadian punk band Peter Kernel). Even though all three acts will be miles away from their respective homes, their songs will fit right in among the Greater Boston music scene.
I was particularly drawn to Camilla Sparksss and her captivating vocals on tracks such as “You Are Awesome” and “I’ll Teach You To Hunt” from her debut record For You the Wild (April, 2014, Africantape, On the Camper Records) Her use of distortion on her voice adds a harshness and abrasiveness to her songs that is so unique you can’t help but be drawn in to her music.
The Letonia crew has a knack for intricate drum loops, as is evident in EDH’s “Shall We Go.” The semi-industrial/tribal drum beat coupled with the distorted synth melody played throughout the song gives off a hauntingly-modern vibe - a feeling I found in the music of all three of these acts.
If you’re looking for an atypical way to break into the second half of the week, I’d highly suggest checking this show out. The eclectic mix of sounds and rhythms is sure to leave you with a positive impression about the state of experimental electronic music being made around the world.
Show starts early (6PM); $10 suggested donation at the door.
-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)