Carisa Bianca Mellado’s latest record, Kore, follows the story of a Sirian Dolphin Princess who goes through the underworld journey of being born on Earth as a human girl. The album title, which means ‘girl’ or ‘maiden’ is also another name for the Greek Goddess Persephone and the album explores themes of birth, sex, death, desire, intoxication, the shadow self, love, rebirth and surrender through the mythic stories of Persephone, Inanna, Psyche and the cosmic creation myth of Eros.
Set to music that marries diverse influences, such as Cocteau Twins and Cyndi Lauper, Kore is at once catchy and challenging, presenting an atmosphere unique to the record yet instantly definable: a dreamy shoegaze pink goth pop space opera that seamlessly transcends into sultry swaying death jazz.
Kore features artwork by Los Angeles artist Astral Eyes, who was named “The Psychedelic Icon Maker” by LA Weekly, as well as photography by Los Angeles artist Kaliisa Conlon.
released January 7, 2015
Written, Recorded, Produced & Performed by Carisa Bianca Mellado
Mastered by John Golden
All guitar performed by Seth Styles
Guitar for “Pulse” and “Dawn” written by Seth Styles
Guitar for “The Twice Born” co-written by Carisa Bianca Mellado & Seth Styles
Album art by Astral Eyes
Photos of Carisa Bianca Mellado by Kaliisa Conlon and make-up by Nathalie Fratti
Special thanks to Nora Keyes, James Powell, Rita Mery and collaborators Seth Styles, Astral Eyes, Kaliisa Conlon and Nathalie Fratti
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