Chanti Darling (live!)

Chanti Darling (live!)

Bells Atlas

Thu Oct 11

8:30 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

We are thrilled to present local R&B favorite Chanti Darling with support from Oakland's psych-pop tinged R&B outfit Bells Atlas!

Chanti Darling (live!)
Chanticleer Trü would like you to know that “RNB ain’t no joke.” As frontman of Portland, OR retrofuturist
electro-soul adepts Chanti Darling, Trü drinks deeply from the sacred founts of Disco, Boogie Funk, and the
dizzying universe of house music. Teasing out the essential filaments, Trü weaves a sound that nods to the
past as it blasts into the future; urgent, irresistible, and absolutely of the moment.
Raised on a steady diet of jazz, soul, and his mom’s Boogie Funk collection (he started leading vocal groups at
age ten), multi-instrumentalist Trü studied opera, musical theater, and composition. Naturally drawn to the
primal energy of the club scene, Trü first made a name for himself as a performer, promoter, and DJ. “I was
always drawn to the power of music to make people dance” says Trü . “There’s some innate, ritualistic
pre-human thing within us, engrained on our DNA. The metaphysical combination of melodies, rhythms, lyrics
and ideas; it’s what our very consciousness is made of. It is creation itself.”
To aid him on his pilgrimage, spreading the gospel of RNB, Trü turned to fellow sonic wizards Natasha Kmeto
and Damon Boucher. “Natasha and I have lots of conversations about unsung heroes of popular music”
explains Trü “RNB musicians that don’t get the shine that they deserve because they are women, or black, or
queer. Then a blonde haired blue-eyed dude from someplace trendy literally “borrows” from this genre and all
the sudden RNB is cool. No. It’s never not been cool.”
Written over three years and recorded in Portland, Oregon at Zip Zap and Eyrst studios, the record features
numerous collaborations with producer Boucher and Kmeto. While some of the songs were written in the
studio, much of the music was refined during the bands already legendary live shows. No doubt dazzling
choreographers and dancers The Step Touches – the only constant in the Chanti Darling lineup apart from Trü
– have helped build the legend with their epic performances.
Early in the project, Trü put together a band that included Hannah Blilie of The Gossip and Rebecca Cole of
Wild Flag. “It’s amazing to be able to develop ideas in a live setting,” Trü tells us. “A lot of these songs started
from live instrumentation and were then translated through digital production.” In fact, the bulk of the music –
apart from the drum programming – was tracked live.
Aesthetically, Chanti Darling melds 80’s retro-futurist iconography with a late-night summertime vibe; THE RNB
is a place of neon lights and palm fronds, washed in the pastels of dusk and dawn. Together, Chanti Darling is
undeniable and immersive. This has not gone unnoticed in the Pacific Northwest – and beyond. Voted
Portland’s “Best New Band” in a poll held by Willamette Week , the band has already performed at the
Pickathon , Treefort , and What The Festival events, played a host of shows with Hercules & Love Affair, been
featured in Vice and Dope , and shared the stage with NAO as part of Red Bull Sound Select.
“This record is built upon a sort of string theory of RNB sounds” says Trü . “THE RNB is a type of place that
exists in another plane. It’s another dimension. A place beyond dreaming that is the totality of your highest
vibration. All the rest though… is just mundane.”
One of the timeless, primary allures of music has been the ability to lose oneself within it, and with RNB Vol.1
Chanti Darling has crafted a sonic totem, imbued with the power to transport the listener to a place of
hip-shaking, sweaty freedom. “I wanted to create a record that people could be absorbed by. Something to hold
them and envelop them. The world… the world itself has gotten so dark. That darkness bleeds over into
everything that we create. Which can be amazing. But, I felt my call was different. I wanted to create a shift to
positivity and light.” Blessed through a life steeped in rhythm with the mystic ability to tap into and channel the
primal genomic funk, Chanticleer Trü has crafted a shimmering antidote to that darkness. RNB Vol.1 is a
rapturous, profoundly engaging (and much needed) mega dose of humanities first antidepressant.
Bells Atlas
Bells Atlas
Soulful noise pop, inspired, propellent psych pop... Trying to nail down the sound of Bells Atlas is a bit like narrating the inner workings of a kaleidoscope – where it's more about tripping out than nailing it down.

A surreal blend of r&b, psychedelia, jazz, and pop, rooted in the cultural bellwether of Oakland, CA, Bells Atlas has supported a number of international artists and shared the stage with acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Badbadnotgood, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, W. Kamau Bell, Angélique Kidjo and more. They have also been making a name for themselves nationally as the touring band for NPR’s Snap Judgment since 2016, and recently wrapped up a sold-out tour supporting Bermuda Triangle, side-project of Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard.

Channeling at once the ramshackle lo-fi beats of Tune-Yards and the sighing lullabies of Sade, Bells is like the passing bubbles of an unknown aquatic life-form, music percolates from depths untaken, playing in a deep blue pool of life, death and the fluid in-between.

Bells Atlas returns from a one year retreat with the driving drums of “Be Brave," the band is back again to remind us that the sensitive, too, can go to war. Directed by the San Francisco-based filmmaker Dominic Mercurio, their music video for “Be Brave” lands Bells Atlas singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu in a strange desert landscape, and out of water. After succumbing to dehydration, she is abducted by strange beings that perform a ritual to revive her...with one major consequence.

There is a limited edition 10” vinyl pressing of “Be Brave” paired with two previously released singles and an instrumental to kick off an east coast summer tour.

These are just the first few salutations in a big year ahead for Bells Atlas – with a full length LP and accompanying EP of all-original material prepped for release and club dates throughout the US.
Venue Information:
Holocene
1001 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR, 97214
http://www.holocene.org/