Charmian Devi is a musician who has certainly lived a life and this comes through in every note and word of her music. No sugar-coating, no filters, no pussyfooting around, this is real, raw, rock of the kind you might associate with Lou Reed and Patti Smith. Well, this certainly does ring true as Patti’s longtime guitarist has lent his formidable skills to Charmian’s latest tracks, proving that fine musicians are like magnets to to each other!
Playing alongside Charmian and Lenny Kaye are no lesser names thanTony Garnier (Bob Dylan’s bass player since 1989; Tom Waits; Paul Simon) and Sonic Youth drummer, Steve Shelley, not to mention the talented work of Marc Urselli behind the production desk (six-times nominated and three-times Grammy award winner: Lou Reed; Mike Patton; Keith Richards; ZZ Top and many more. It’s the alt and classic rock glitterati party of the season!
Charmian Devi’s latest single is No Peace, a stinging yet somehow sighing folk rock track which feels as though it has one foot in the protest songs of the 60s and 70s, another in the 90s rock of The Breeders and the third in…hang on, three legs?! Don’t take our word for it, here’s what Marc Urselli had to say:
“I’ve really enjoyed producing Charmian because there are fewer and fewer artists today that play inspired & raw folk/rock music and are not trying to polish everything to sound more commercial. Her music speaks the truth and she puts all of herself into her songs. That’s also why I wanted to use musicians that are comfortable in an environment of spontaneous music that’s rough around the edges but carries a meaning and an attitude. Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and Sonic Youth are all raw and unapologetic and make great rock and/or folk music with powerful lyrics and meanings, so choosing Lenny, Tony and Steve was an obvious choice because that is exactly what Charmian does too!”