Unwoman is a solo musical artist from San Francisco, California popular in the Steampunk community. Musician Erica Mulkey (born September 26, 1980) mixes cello and vocals with electronic influences. The music she creates is difficult to label with an established genre, but contains characteristics of synth pop and goth. Russian goth web-zine Shadowplay describes her music as “dark trip wave.”
Mulkey began playing cello at nine years of age and piano at eleven. At sixteen she studied music at a local community college, where she composed music that incorporated cello, piano, and voice. She attended UC Santa Cruz and earned a BA in music with a concentration in electronic music.
Her debut album, Knowledge Scars (2002), was well-received as a tribute to a wide range of musical influences, with covers of songs by Kate Bush, Crass, and The Cure, that was presented in a dark, electronic style. Matthew Heilman of starvox.net writes that “[h]er style ranges from a kind of experimental trip hop to swirling darkwave atmosphere with just enough static and noise to give it that extra technical punch.”
Unwoman was one of the performers at SteamFest Australia; and played a great set for both the Saturday and Sunday performances. If you get your hands on Unwoman’s “The Heroine – A selection” CD that was released for SteamFest you are doing your self a favour.
And now for some music …
Unwoman – The Snowstorm
Unwoman – The City
Unwoman (Live) – Siren Ship