KCRW’s Private Playlist: Topaz Faerie

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. One of LA’s most exciting emerging artists, the mysterious Topaz Faerie produces an intoxicating blend of avant-pop, trip-hop, and bedroom experimentation. Her mini-album, 2019’s “In The Pits,” calls to mind the streetwise chanson of Martina Topley Bird and the stark and strange electronica of Belgium’s Crammed Discs. She grew up around LA, including a spell in the Arlington Heights neighborhood, where she received classical piano training from an older Belizean neighbor, Miss Pike. Switching to trumpet and finally to bass guitar, she became a jazz devotee, taking a particular interest in Chick Corea and the fusion of Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report. After a period spent composing in longhand, she learned electronic music production and developed the world of Topaz Faerie. In recent years, she has served as a touring bassist for Yves Tumor and Kelsey Lu. She is currently working on a full-length collaboration with Bobby Earth, to be released later in 2021.