GET TO KNOW: Tipsy in Chelsea

Comprised of composer and songwriter Dean Falcone and singer Trish Thompson, Tipsy in Chelsea is the product of a long-distance relationship.  Falcone calls New Haven, Conn. Home while Thompson resides in Atlanta, and they’ve developed a close musical bond despite the 961 miles between them.  For all of its upbeat rhythms and dulcet vocals, the duo’s origins began in a time of mourning.

We met when our friend died,” Falcone remembers. “I grew up with him, and he moved to Atlanta where he would often perform with Trish. When he passed on, Trish reached out to me to play a tribute for him in Atlanta.”

Thompson and Falcone promptly put their musical simpatico to work, and it didn’t take long for them to establish a solid foundation on which to build. “We found it was pretty easy to collaborate,” Falcone says. “We had many mutual musical influences.”

Informed by their mutual affinity for ‘60s and ‘70s pop and easy listening, the nascent Tipsy in Chelsea devised an intriguing hybrid of lounge and bossa nova sounds. Says Falcone: “I am always thinking [about] Todd Rundgren, Burt Bacharach, the Carpenters, [and] Antonio Carlos Jobim overall when writing for this project.

Recorded beneath the lurid glow of an extreme supermoon and fueled by whoopee pies, Tipsy in Chelsea’s eponymous debut arrived in 2012. The seven tracks on their new EP, Gaslighter, evoke the ambience of late-night cafes and space-age bachelor pads.  Accented with woodwinds, strings and brass, they’re odes to classic American songcraft, tuneful musings on devotion, heartache and memory.  “The common thread is dealing with the challenges of life,” Thompson says, “dealing with loss of life or love, challenging relationships and confliction with others or yourself.

And the gaslighting angle? Falcone cites “a combination of my bad memory and annoying Trish. She would often call me a gaslighter. I think we both loved that movie and it just felt like the proper title.”

Our working relationship can be tough because of the long distance thing, but it's also very gratifying,” says Thompson. “You can work when you are inspired and are not locked into a regular schedule.” She laughs. “It makes it hard to get sick of each other.”

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