"bathos in aqua" unleashed unto masses
Background: From seemingly out of nowhere weirdo acoustic singer-songwriter Kat Larios materializes on the local musical landscape fully formed; a Romilar-voiced, gifted, and wickedly surreal lyricist for whom even the term "unique" doesn't quite suffice. Actually, Larios is from Kingston and gestated as the front woman of defunct unit Concrete Wave, rather than from beneath a bed shared by Nico and Antony Hegarty, as her slo-mo folk croak suggests- well, kind of suggests, at least. In truth Bathos in Aqua, her beguiling debut and the first release on upstate indie Safety Clyde, is damn hard to describe, always a good sign when it comes to music. But here goes, anyway... Though she also plays organ and accordion and there's a handful of unobtrusive guests on board- including Mercury Rev's Grasshopper on guitar and clarinet and Lou Reed/R.E.M. ancillary Jane Scarpantoni on cello- the sound of Bathos in Aqua is mainly just Larios with only her guitar or ukulele for company. And yet somehow from the perch of her stool Larios weaves a mysterious, slowly swirling whirlpool spell, dragging you down, down, ever deeper down, into her gray-hued, world-watching anonymous cave. A creeped-out reading of "Misirlou" puts a heretofore unheard downer-psych spin on the oft-covered Greek traditional, but it's really Larios's sour, wounded warbling on "Gangrene" ("Gangrene / aquamarine / skeletal melting unforeseen, sardines / Vaccine / needle sheen / every day is Halloween, ceasing") and other originals that's the irresistable, dark force at work here. The freak folk revolution has a new date with destiny, and her name is Kat Larios. ~~~~~~ by Peter Aaron of Roll Magazine
Interests: to infinity and beyond!
Goals: reading, writing, rock n roll