knifesex is the pseudonym of musician and artist Vanessa Irena. Born and raised in New Orleans, LA and based in Queens, NY, she produces experimental devotional music for ecstatic dance and ritual. She received her BFA in Fine Art with a concentration in painting from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and has been creating and performing music since she was 4 years old. Before launching her solo musical project she was a producer and vocalist for bands The Harrow and Synesect, a live member of Public Memory, and a guest producer for a place both wonderful and strange. She was the host of the dark electronic radio show TOTAL CONTROL on Brooklyn’s Newtown Radio for two years.
She released her first EP, Deipna, in January of 2017 and her first full-length album, dedicated to the goddess Babalon, in November of 2017. Her track Sex & Death was released on Highbrow Lowlife as part of the COVEN compilation.
drones and beats and vocals from the misty depths of a metal forest.
– Warren Ellis, comic book writer, novelist, and screenwriter
Alternately sinister and celestial, fusing noise, trip hop, and synthwave, knifesex’s first full-length release is a soundtrack for destroying the divide between sacred and profane, and blurring boundaries between worlds.
– Kristen Sollee, author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists
Sex & Death is a pagan lullaby for the 21st century