After sharing stages with Black Star and David Byrne, long-time activist and Buddhist Marilyn Carino releases her second solo album ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’ which features R.E.M bassist Mike Mills. The album is a charged fusion of electronic, soul and hip-hop styles.
Unique music with a distinctive sound is always going to be the outcome when you're gifted with a voice like Marilyn's. Some have labelled it 'powerful to the point of bringing you to tears' (Straight No Chaser)and it is easy to see why upon listening to Carino's music.
'When The Innocents Go To War' is a dark, synth-driven track from the new album that displays just what Marilyn is all about. You can listen to it and watch the fascinating animated video here:
Marilyn notes that "When the Innocents Go to War" is an insistent, four-on-the-floor hipshaker delivered with a cynical-sounding falsetto; another grinding swipe at romantic attachment, when new lovers are merely "drunken satellites", who, despite the initial thrill, are always keeping score."
The Brooklyn native wrote, recorded, mixed and performed all of ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’ – a collection of spacy grooves formed from layered, Moog-y synths and complex beats. Her long time practice of Nichiren Buddhism is the force that forms her songs into gripping, graphic internal monologues that explore themes of sex and radical self-expression.
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