Thursday, May 2, 2024

Kaia Kater featuring Aoife O'Donovan - "The Witch"

No one is making folk music quite like Kaia Kater is. For her latest single, the artist teams up with Aoife O'Donovan for "The Witch." The song is based in traditional folk, but it stretches into folk-pop and progressive folk territories as well. Those are three subgenres that don't typically play nicely together, but under Kater and O'Donovan's direction, "The Witch" melds all three expertly. It's a gorgeous and haunting song about how men have labelled women throughout the centuries. This is also the type of song you could listen to in the background for the vibe, but you will get a lot more out of the closer you pay attention.

Kaia Kater says of her latest single:

"I specifically wanted to write about the way men historically have branded women as temptresses, harlots, sirens and shrews, and then sought to reflect this visually – the letter A for adulteress, the burning of flesh to symbolize evil.  The first woman labeled a witch in Salem was a Black woman by the name of Tituba. Usually these women died nameless and scorned. In my narrative, the woman who is branded a witch and burned at the stake survives her pilgrim’s punishment, and now seeks her revenge on those who sought to destroy her."

You can listen to "The Witch" below. Strange Medicine is due out May 17 on Free Dirt Records, and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp. For more on Kaia Kater, check out the artist's website.

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