“What I wouldn’t give for a very fine day with you, where I laugh more than I’m used to”
If the twisting, eccentric meldings of electro-pop melodies and deep, chugging techno bass lines swung beneath the cool, nurturing guidance of an Annie Lennox meets Ms. Kittin vocalist is the place you want to head to this Fall, then Omnesia’s latest album “Painkiller” has got to be the finest prescription your House Doctor always kept locked away in his medical cabinet. -Mike White, MIKEWHITEPRESENTS, London
“Painkiller” is a diverse electro-pop album. It's both dark and light, it's bold, and it's full of love and ear candy - and explores gender, sexuality and life.
Oakland, CA based Omnesia is a sonic sapiosexual experience, a split personality musical duo embracing both dark dance art pop and future vintage rock.
The new dark art electropop album “Painkiller" is driven by the lyrical, sensuous, androgynous and multi-persona vocals of composer Medella Kingston; invested in gender issues, great sex and life's magical moments of darkness and pain.
“Painkiller” album releases October 2013
Omnesia is Medella Kingston, M2 and friends.
Vocals and lyrics: Medella Kingston
Guitarist, producer, recording engineer and synth programmer: M2
All instruments: Omnesia, except for:
Electric bass excellence: Stephen Goodwin (Vicious Rumors, Mad River)
Analog keys: - Tal Ariel (Great Beast, Riley Tolstedt, Mingo Lewis, Zigaboo Modeliste, Smokedaddie)
- Phil Bennett (Starship, Steve Lukather, Alex Skolnick, Fee Waybill, Yngwie Malmsteen, Pat Travers and Gary U.S Bonds)
Backing vocals on Fire and Ice: Damion Gallegos (Fungo Mungo)
Produced, recorded and mixed by M2 Musik and Omnesia.
I was born on Long Island, NY, and discovered music before the manicured green lawns of the suburbs killed my creative soul. Piano taught me the math of music and then guitar led me to my voice, which came out much deeper and thicker than anyone expected from a skinny girl with frizzy hair. I was a wallflower who needed and outlet; I started writing songs at twelve and never stopped.
Flash forward to now. Omnesia started in Oakland, CA on Craig's List where I saw an ad placed by the musical M2. We began collaborating and found a groove that eventually took us to our unique hybrid musical style. Our influences couldn't be more different. He ever listened to the goddesses I grew up on: Deborah Harry, Joan Armatrading, Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Chrissie Hynde, Johnette Neopolitano, and others. But somehow we have intense musical chemistry. We like taking varied approaches to composing, and working within limits. I didn't know who I was as a musician until I started working with m2.
When I'm not making music I crave the great outdoors where I spend a lot of time with my dogs. I'm also a fiction writer and a movie junkie.
I spent my formative years reading sci-fi and riding the bus to school in Sleepy Hollow, NY crossing the same bridge that saw Ichabod Crane galloping away from the Headless Horseman. With a graveyard on one side, and a pumpkin patch on the other, it’s no wonder I like Oingo Boingo, Mr. Bungle, NIN, Nina Hagen, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, and Bjork.
In the wondrous Bay Area, I made my greatest discovery: Medella Kingston. Lover of dogs, teacher of children and a compositional force of nature. Add to that her multi-persona vocals, her unpredictable sexy gender-bending performances, and the simple poetry of her lyrics and I knew I’d finally reached escape velocity. This woman loved the rock I loved, and taught me the pop as art and dance music she loved. Omnesia was born, a two-headed sonic monster that gives birth to songs that span the gamut from dark electro-pop to future vintage rock.
Medella comes up with our greatest of ideas. That’s the hard part. But it lets me do what I do best - take those ideas and build the auditory palace they live in. We’re fortunate that global touring musician friends step in and supply whatever is missing.
We love that all our tunes grow up to become rarely what we expected. We share a love for the groundbreaking seminal music of the 80’s, while surfing the cutting edge.