Moritat, “Cats” — Song Premiere

Photo courtesy of Crash Avenue

Chicago has recently enjoyed a creative musical run, with a number of young artists championing a number of different sounds. Among the Second City’s underground movements are the Hozac label’s stable of garage rock bands, Gatekeeper and White Car’s industrial synth-pop, How to Dress Well’s lo-fi R&B gospels, and Cave’s bar-friendly drones. Now Moritat — the trio of Venus Laurel, Konstantin Jace, and Corey McCafferty — are capturing the diversity of these Windy City scenes in genre-bending flickers of melancholic pop. “We’re influenced by the sounds and rhythms of our metropolis,” they say, and their lo-fi cut “Cats” draws inspiration from all of Chicago’s sounds at once. With scattered guitar pangs, jazzy percussion, slinky keyboards, and lofty bass riffs, the track has a hazy and dim-lit feel, which is fitting, since the band says “Cats” was written about a girl obsessed with her shadow. But judging by this experimental ballad, Moritat aren’t living in anyone else’s.