New Video: Cat Marino’s Stranger Cat Creepy Pop Sound Channels Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel

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):

10/5: Des Moines, Iowa @ Vaudeville Mews
10/6: St Paul, Minnesota @ Turf Club
10/7: Kansas City, Missouri @ The Riot Room
10/8: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
10/9: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/10: Boise, Idaho @ The Reef
10/12: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
10/3: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
10/15: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
10/17: San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
10/19: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
10/20: El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
10/21: Dallas, TX @ Three Links
10/22: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/23: San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
10/24: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
10/25:  Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory
10/28: New Haven, CT @ BAR
10/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
10/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/31: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall