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Rotten Bliss Press Kit

"coarse and beautifully heavy songs"

(The Wire Magazine, July 2018).

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Rotten Bliss is the violent, warm and weird visions of London based avant-garde cellist and vocalist Jasmine Pender.

Equally inspired by the wild physicality of Jacqueline du Pre and the shrieking glory of a cello played through FX pedals, Rotten Bliss packs diverse influences into an elemental voyage, raging from tender a capella lyrical fantasies through to ecstatic nihilism.

Rotten Bliss has toured England, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. She has appeared at international festivals including donnaufestival (Krems, Austria), Supersonic (Birmingham, UK) and Do Disturb (Palais de Tokyo, Paris). Jasmine performs regularly around London, also performing in 11th Hour Adventists (with Jowe Head, ex-Swell Maps) and False Echo (with Tim Bowen, ex-Chrome Hoof). Jasmine was invited to contribute a song to the 2018 fundraising marathon for iconic New York independent freeform radio station WFMU.

Her debut album, The Nightwatchman Sings, was released in October 2017 on the Reverb Worship label.

Press Quotes

"Pender began her performance by descending the wooden pulpit, singing a cappella and unamplified, before taking hold of her electric cello and delivering a string of coarse and beautifully heavy songs. Processed through pedals, triggers and various Max patches, Pender's tracks betrayed hallmarks of folk, metal and classical without subscribing to any particular tribe"

"A thing of disquieting dark beauty rolling in through a ghostly fog on timeless ripples whose ebbing wash peels back the years to reveal a vintage crafted in archaic folk tongues . . . hints of Nico chill with both a magical and macabre unease"

Praise for The Nightwatchman Sings

"Jasmine's spectres murmur at your shoulder... Jagged enormous shafts of maltreated cello rasp against the grain of her voice, alternately silky with longing and then jagged as flint"

Jowe Head - ex Swell Maps

"Dark and dreamy soundscapes, fragile and daring creatures of the night haunting legendary moors and lonely shores"

Anais Prosaic, Documentary maker: "Eliane Radigue - L'ecoute virtuose"

Upcoming Performances

Upcoming Performances


The Nightwatchman Sings is the first album released by Rotten Bliss. The album was released in October 2017 on the Reverb Worship label.

Featured Live Performances

Harbour performed at the Telegraph Hill Festival (Sonic Imperfections showcase)

Words Fire performed at The Palais de Tokyo in Paris for the Do Disturb festial.

Two Sisters / Soul Erosion / Strange Love #2 from The Nightwatchman Sings album release party at the Montague Arms (London, 2017)

Featured Music Video

Music video for Unteather

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