Based in the artistic enclave of Berkeley, CA, Katsy Pline is a singer and guitarist whose music transcends the ordinary. Her unique blend of fingerstyle guitar, contemporary electronic processing, and a touch of glitchy, granular textures create an ethereal sonic journey, simultaneously grounded in earthly reality and reaching for celestial heights. Rooted in the wistful longing of early country and folk, Katsy’s ballads convey stories of love, loss, and beauty against the backdrop of a world in ruins. Her upcoming album, “Incandescent Fire,” slated for release on September 22nd, promises to be a captivating exploration of these themes. One of the previewed tracks, “Guess I’m Always Leaving,” offers a poignant glimpse into this musical odyssey.
The album’s title, “Incandescent Fire,” draws inspiration from Acéphale, an occult collective formed during the turbulence of World War II. Comprising luminaries like Georges Bataille, the group sought to forge a post-religious spirituality that defied the confines of reason, capitalism, and societal norms. Their pursuit of the ‘headless’ existence aimed to liberate life from the shackles of exploitative systems. “Incandescent Fire” embarks on a quest for unbridled desire amid the infinite complexities of the present. Through tales of lost love and existential bewilderment, Katsy navigates the delicate dance of cherishing life amidst despair and unimaginable adversity. It’s an exploration of laboring after the end of the world, a call to persevere even when salvation seems elusive.
As Maggie Nelson beautifully encapsulates in “Bluets,” hope here isn’t tethered to anything specific. It’s a call to keep our eyes open, to find meaning and purpose in the struggle, and to embrace the hopeful hopelessness that permeates our existence. Katsy Pline’s music resonates as a beacon of introspection, inviting listeners to ponder life’s enigmatic tapestry.
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