In a week where I attended phenomenal sets by established artists Blood Orange and Little Dragon, I will never forget the 30 minute Chela set at Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theater on Tuesday night.
Already familiar with her infectious "Romanticise", I was looking forward to hearing more from Chela. After her set, I ended up feeling like I had just seen the greatest performance of all time. Chela has a tremendous voice and welcoming on-stage presence/groovy moves.
Her latest single is presented in video form above— I cannot speak to the terminology of some of the visual effects here, but they fit perfectly with the synth track. “ZERO” is a track with a big-time hook and together with the video perfectly brings to life late 80’s, early 90’s young adult fun times. I’m thinking the Zack Attack here folks.
Chela, real name Chelsea Wheatley, should be on your radar asap. She’s also a fellow Filipino which just makes me quietly fist pump in the corner.
Chela on SoundCloud