The Sea Closet, an album of piano and guitar songs, that trace the travels of Cat Martino's creative inner characters by boat whistles from waving waters to land.
"After a severe injury several years ago, I was spending a long time in bed, and in pain. It was surreal, my mind went dreaming a lot. That's when this record was birthed. It started with 'Rocking Chair' - I could only play those two notes on the banjo hypnotically, and felt transformed into the Old Crone, staring death in the face, unafraid. Then came 'Tangerine Dress', the hopeful wish to rebirth and rise again... During this whole period I was listening to a lot of blues on an old kitchen cassette, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Bessie Smith... Everything had no choice but to begin stripped down. Strings and band brought in a cinematic feel after."
The record vocally represents the physical struggle that can be heard in Martino's voice during this time. Broken winged and soulful. She melds the personally confined confessions, with the characters who traveled out of her bed to transcend.
The songstress organically weaves in the use of pedals to loop her voice. These layers are clearly used to serve the nature of Martino’s writing, raw and poetic, holding a hope-light in the sultry night.
Stay tuned for the next and totally different release made in full health! Full into recording, coming soooon!
released 01 August 2009
Recorded & Mixed: Pete Kepler, Nathan Larson, jack Petruzzelli
Mastered: Tom Ruff
Photography: Andre Costantini
Artwork: Angie Mattson
Musicians: Jack Petruzzelli, Benjamin Kalb, Joe Bennett, Matt Johnson, Nathan Larson, Maxim Moston, Joan Wasser, Noah Hoffeld, Olivier Manchon, Tim Luntzel, Bill Dobrow & Jason Hart
All Songs by Cat Martino ASCAP copyright, except "She Moved Through the Fair" is Traditional
NPR- "The New York native has previously appeared as a member of Sufjan Stevens' and Sharon Van Etten's bands, but is poised
to release a sophomore album next year that has the potential to make her a star in her own right. Full of gorgeous, overlapping vocal loops, the album is a beautifully melodic piece of art dressed up for 2012". --Clare Flynn...more