With her new single, “Scorpio,” Emma Charles manufactures intriguing atmosphere with little more than her guitar and subdued embellishments by producer/multi-instrumentalist Doug Schadt. At the center of the song is the Connecticut native’s quavering voice, which flutters upward serenely through the loneliness and darkness like a beam of radiant light. Charles’ yearning observations about “being on the cusp of Scorpio” are made memorable by a cycling, breathy chorus and subtle hints of romantic mystery. Her 2018 single, “Comfort in the Chaos,” is an aptly titled folk-pop reverie in which Charles’ lulling vocals spin a gentle web that keeps the outside world at bay for a spell. She appears at the Mint’s Hunnypot series, which includes sets from Chris Truent, Down North, and Cheer Up Club.
The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.; Mon., Aug. 19, 7 p.m.; free; all ages. (323) 954-9400, www.themintla.com.