Rotten Bliss is the solo project of London based avant-garde electric cellist and vocalist Jasmine Pender. Jasmine has been exploring the outer limits of the electric cello since 2014, fearlessly clashing hauntology, minimalism and folk horror with noise and post-rock. Using various extended techniques, including an ever-expanding chain collection, toe-operated devices, and hand-made FX, Rotten Bliss makes fearsome and urgent sounds, described by Wire Magazine as “coarse and beautifully heavy… [with] hallmarks of folk, metal and classical, without subscribing to any particular tribe”. Jasmine’s voice weaves narratives through elemental voyages, summoning nihilistic sailors, amorous fishes and unrepentant sadists; comparisons can be made to Nico and Diamanda Galás.
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). Rotten Bliss recently performed at the closing night of “Mariainsel”, an island built by artists for Austria’s 6th Wasser Biennale.
The first album by Rotten Bliss, The Nightwatchman Sings, was released in October 2017 on the Reverb Worship label; the second release, Is there Glass on Neptune, followed in early 2018 on a compilation produced by iconic New York independent freeform radio station WFMU. Jasmine is currently working on the second Rotten Bliss album, Seaweed Queen, which will be released in late 2018 / early 2019. Jasmine also performs in 11th Hour Adventists (with Jowe Head, ex-Swell Maps) and False Echo (with Tim Bowen, ex-Chrome Hoof).