// B I R D C A L L //
Bird Call most recently premiered her first collaborative music and performance art experience entitled CONNECTION with musical partner Chorde (Tomo Saito), which took 2 years of production. CONNECTION exhibits the nexus lost when self-centered creativity rewards the individual and diminishes the value of connection between the art, the audience, and the community. During the performance, CONNECTION will welcome awareness of the self through overcoming social risks and vulnerability, in turn, empowering our compassion and trust in others. Recently, CONNECTION premiered at The Lab in San Francisco in March of 2016. CONNECTION is scheduled to premiere in Los Angeles and NY in spring of 2017.
Bird Call explores a range of emotional territory with her voice, vulnerable lyrics, and candid stage presence whilst providing an aural backdrop that is variably danceable, electronically driven, and, at times, futuristic and experimental. Since its inception in 2009, Bird Call has lured fans and perked ears with her vulnerability and mercurial presence, while touring and sharing the stage with indie favorites including Majical Cloudz, Angel Olsen, Christopher Willits, and others. Bird Call has released the following:
Tao of Love [The-Drum Reboot] (May 2014)
Every Day Is Exactly the Same -NIN Single (January 2014)
Will We Get to Mars? LP (Found Objects, September 2013)
Phantom Limbs - Remix EP (Zap Records, June 2013)
Other Creatures EP (FHC Records, June 2011)
The Animals Know EP (FHC Records, Sept. 2010)
2014 and prior:
After having written a collection of new songs in winter 2011, Angelicola approached musician, composer, and orchestrator Bryan Senti (Mark Ronson, Rufus Wainwright, Miike Snow) to produce Bird's first full-length record. Over the course of 12 months, Angelicola and Senti embarked on a musical journey crafting a sonic landscape that encompasses the body of work found in the new record, Will We Get To Mars?, which FACT mag recently dubbed "phantasmagoric".
Phantom Limbs, an EP of remixes including a rendition by Chicago-based producers The-Drum, released June 3, 2013 via the UK's Zap Records, which upon its premiere, WNYC described as "a change that suits Angelicola's direct, impassioned voice well." Bird Call’s track “Phantom Limbs” recently caught the ears of Under The Radar, who described Angelicola's style as being "dangerous, a romantic quality to it, emoting over a bed of cinema-worthy synths like Grimes on downers."
Will We Get To Mars digitally released worldwide on September 3, 2013 alongside a premiere with UK's The Guardian, who dubbed the record "heart-burstingly lovely..." Jessica Yatrofsky has directed the music video for the self-titled track which premiered with Nylon Magazine.
2011 and prior:
Prior to 2013's releases, Angelicola released two EPs under the moniker Bird Call. The Animals Know EP was written by the artist during her first winter in Brooklyn, recorded at Studio G by producer Joel Hamilton and released October 2010 (FHC Records). Other Creatures EP (May 2011, FHC Records), also produced by Hamilton, is a collection of cover songs, which features the song "Lost Cause" by Beck.
In 2011, Bird Call won first place in the Performance Category of the International Songwriting Competition for her song "Waltz In The Snow".
"The Animals Know" and "Berlin", songs from The Animals Know EP, are featured on the third season of the Lifetime show Dance Moms. Songs from The Animals Know EP have also been featured on the Carson Daily Show.
// MOTEL POOLS //
Motel Pools is a garage/grunge/punk/pop project started by Angelicola. Chiara has mainly gained appreciation as a unique and prolific independent musician due to her resistance to third party negotiations and has released almost all of her records while maintaining all of her songwriting and publishing rights. Friend Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio worked beside Chiara as producer for the Motel Pools debut EP in 2015, helping to steer the artist’s vision into a “no fucks” and slightly abrasive direction. For the first time, Angelicola produces her own record and self-directs the music video for Vol. II EP’s first single, Waste Away.
Motel Pools' front person and songwriter, Chiara Angelicola, releases a second volume of songs for her grimey horror picture show of sound. Abrasive yet darling, earnest and playful, Angelicola delivers a body of work that reckons with the perils of the ruthless music industry, her childhood suburban haunts, and former lovers. Produced by Angelicola herself, recorded at Black Lodge in Brooklyn with engineer Vishal Nayak, mixed by Gabriel Galvin, and mastered by Mark Santangelo. Motel Pools' first vinyl release features both volumes of EPs on side A and side B respectively. Released on Suburban Rage Records July 15th, 2016.