Jenna Ferone: lead vocals / guitar
Chris Caulder: keyboards/programming/scratching/guitar/bass
Philadelphia/Florida-based Beauty’s Confusion (Jenna Ferone & Chris Caulder) made music that rode a fine line between electronic pop and gloomy indie rock.
BC formed in late 2001 in Florida, originally as a trio. Playing largely in the punk/indie/house circuit, their sequenced Hooverphonic-ish keyboards, hip-hop beats, and swirling Curve-influenced delay-heavy guitars couldn’t have been more out of place. Perhaps that’s why people took notice.
Soon after, fan interest grew quickly & steadily from all over the world, specifically France, Belgium, Australia, and Germany. As of 2017, Beauty’s Confusion has over 70,000+ fans/daily listeners on Last.fm & Spotify, and over half a million weekly plays of their songs. Not bad for a duo who only played about 30 shows in their less-than-five year existence. In July 2016, Spotify added BC’s song “Windmills” to a trip-hop/chillout playlist called “Tune In, Drop Out”, which nearly 10,000 people followed, before they retired the playlist a few months later.
It should also be noted that Beauty’s Confusion have remixed several independent and well-known artists, including NYC’s Sarah Fimm, Philadelphia’s Natalie Walker (formerly of Daughter Darling), hip-hop artist Buck 65 (Canada), and Lunascape from Belgium.
BC have also been remixed and co-produced by well-respected video game/television composer Rom Di Prisco (aka Bitstream Dream).
If the sounds of Hooverphonic, Puracane, Blue Foundation, Halou, Baxter and Portishead interest you, you may enjoy the melancholy sounds of Beauty’s Confusion.
September 2014 marked the 10th anniversary of the release of Beauty’s Confusion’s full-length album, “Breathe In” (which also happens to be the first full-length album released on Chris Caulder’s indie label Ousted Records). Chris & Jenna released a surprise single and lyric video in March 2017, entitled “Microfilm”. There may or may not be more Beauty’s Confusion music on the horizon….