Independent Music Award for Best Song winner, Marilyn Carino releases LP ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’
After previously 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.
Carino’s singing has been called, “powerful to the point of bringing you to tears” (Straight No Chaser) and “smoldering” (The New Yorker); her music, “enchanting - a testament to the healing powers of rhythm” (Nylon). The Brooklyn native wrote, recorded, mixed and performed all of ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’ – a collection of head-space grooves formed from layered, Moog-y synths and stark 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.
Carino recorded her first album at Neil Young’s studio with Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot producing. She then flew to London on a one-way ticket and stayed for a year working as an engineer in reggae recording studios. Upon returning to the U.S. she co-founded the vintage electronic group Mudville, producing three critically acclaimed albums and wrote lyrics for the great producers Sly and Robbie (Grace Jones, Simply Red). Mudville’s song ‘Wicked’ won the 2008 Independent Music Award for Best Song. She recorded and produced her first solo album ‘Little Genius’ in 2011, and recently contributed vocals and lyrics to the Words Hurt indie hip hop collective’s ‘Fuck That Pretty Boy Shit’, featuring Samuel T. Herring, vocalist of Future Islands.
Watch the music video for ‘When The Innocents Go To War’ here: