Cat Marino is a Brooklyn-based electro pop artist, who has collaborated with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, The Shins and Sharon Van Etten. Earlier this year, Marino released a solo full-length In The Wilderness with her solo production and recording project, Stranger Cat, a project that has started to receive attention for art-pop employing the use of vocal looping, and a production style that meshes both electronic and organic production techniques. And as you’ll hear on “Red,” the latest single off In The Wilderness, Marino’s sound channels Kate Bush and Security/So/Us-era Peter Gabriel as the song possesses an ominous and palpable sense of dread and horror that belies the song’s airy feel. In some way, the song evokes that deeply unsettling feeling that we all have when we’re absolutely certain that someone with evil intentions is lurking in the shadows and is about to attack us . . .
The recently released official video for the song is deeply inspired by Twin Peaks and the Kill Bill movies. Starring Charles Schneider, best known for his roles in Ghost World, Beetlejuice and Zodiac, as a Vaudevillian-type magician, the video set both in a forest and in the sort of small, creepy house of horror movies, has the magician put the video’s heroine under a spell for a sacrifice — that is until the heroine manages to escape, although while being transformed. The video is fittingly goofy, creepy and unsettling.
Marino is embarking on a tour with fellow indie pop artist (and blogosphere darling) Chad Valley, and the tour will include a late October NYC area stop. Check out the tour dates below.
Tour Dates (w/ Chad Valley):