Philadelphia-based electronic project Beauty's Confusion (Skip Frederiksen & Jenna Ferone) make music that rides a fine line between electronic pop and gloomy indie rock. Influenced by a myriad of sounds and styles, BC has created music and words that break the hearts of those who listen.
BC formed in late 2001 in Florida, originally as a trio. Playing largely in the punk/indie rock circuit, their sequenced Portishead/Hooverphonic keyboards and swirling Curve-influenced guitars couldn't have been more out of place. Perhaps this is why people took notice.
The group released a self-titled EP in 2002 and an updated version in 2003. The EP was greeted with enthusiasm, appealing to an odd mismatch of indie rockers, new wave enthusiasts, goths, trip-hop fans, and hip-hop heads.
After the release of their debut full-length "Breathe In" in September 2004, BC began to experience a steady interest in their music pouring in from the undergrounds of France, Australia, Singapore, the UK and Germany. Soon after, the former trio (now duo) relocated to Philadelphia, to break into the NYC and Philly electronic and hip-hop scenes.
In 2006, BC took a break to pursue other musical projects. As of September 2006, Skip & Jenna are planning on working on the second Beauty's Confusion full-length, and BC fans worldwide will be glad to know that the beat-heavy, melancholy vibe remains intact.
In a country dominated by teenage punk, run-of-the-mill acoustic rock groups, and disposable pop entertainers, the music of Beauty's Confusion is a refreshing change. Europe and the rest of the world seems to have caught on to the downbeat electronic sound with earnest. There is hope that someday America will catch on with the same level of enthusiasm. Time will tell.
Beauty's Confusion have built up a solid reputation for themselves not only as songwriters but as remixers, remixing several independent and well-known artists, including NYC's Sarah Fimm, Philadelphia's Natalie Walker (formerly of Daughter Darling), Scotland's Kosheen, Public Enemy, MF Doom, Tori Amos, Depeche Mode, and Bjork. BC have also been remixed by the electronic music collective Bitstream Dream.
If the sounds of Puracane, Lush, Azure Ray, Blue Foundation, Nick Drake, Baxter and Portishead interest you, you may enjoy the music of Beauty's Confusion. 2006 has its share of disposable pop entertainers. BC strives to make timeless music which rises above all that noise.