FUTUREBRITE

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Messy endings can make for beautiful beginnings. Living in NYC and in the midst of a transition with her rock trio Demander, Karen Kanan Corrêa was offered a touring gig with Swedish Grammy-winner Moneybrother. One month on the road turned into six months, an indefinite hiatus for her band, an exit from her long-term relationship, and goodbye to her fifth floor walkup on the Lower East Side. Adrift and inspired, she found a new voice during songwriting stints in Portland and London, channeling an open heart into freshly vital songs. Equal parts chaos, darkness, and utter joy, she released this new experiment under the name Futurebrite. The first EP, Carinae, established Futurebrite as one of NYC’s “Best Emerging Electronic Bands” (Deli Magazine), described as “sexy, urgent pop” with “a dark edge but melodic enough to redeem itself as romantic.”

Karen's heart led her next to Oakland, CA, where she wrote the follow-up batch of Futurebrite songs. The change of scenery was immediately evident in the sound: warm synths, bells and marimba contrast with the powerful bass and drums of the first EP. The result is a shadowy and bright chiaroscuro applied to indie pop. “Ah La La” b/w “Slow Fade” was released in summer 2015 with a remix of “Ah La La” by Godmode released for the one year anniversary. Karen is now working on the follow-up EP to Carinae for release in fall 2016.

Before Futurebrite, Karen led the “dizzyingly addictive” (CMJ New Music Monthly) indie trio Demander, with two albums and multiple tours across the US and Europe with The Hold Steady, New Model Army, and Art Brut. Karen has also toured as violist and singer with Anti-Social Music and as bassist for cult heroes World/Inferno Friendship Society. She’s sung on releases from many artists including Gary Go and Fulton Lights, and won composer and songwriting residencies in New York and Los Angeles.

KKC