POSTPONED: BLACK BELT EAGLE SCOUT
Black Belt Eagle Scout
Katherine Paul is Black Belt Eagle Scout. Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the recording project of Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a “Best Rock Album of 2018” by Pitchfork, and garnered further end-of-year praise from FADER, Under The Radar and more.
Arriving just a year after that debut record, At the Party With My Brown Friends is a brand new full-length recording from Black Belt Eagle Scout. Where that first record was a snapshot of loss and landscape and of KP’s standing as a radical indigenous queer feminist, this new chapter finds its power in love, desire and friendship.
At the Party With My Brown Friends is a profound and understated forward step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters.
The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines KP’s beautifully singular artistic vision.
Mariee Sioux has long been a fixture in the California folk scene, revered for her delicate fingerpicking and mystical songs which reflect her deep connection to the natural world and feel embedded with poetic mysticism and ancestral remembrance. There is a transcendent quality in her unique expression that sometimes feels otherworldly, her ethereal voice aches with haunting sensitivity and can often moves listeners to tears. Over the past decade many people have written her to express their profound healing experiences the music has supported them through; from births to deaths, moments of peace during drug withdrawals and re-connection to the self or nature during trying times or heartbreak. There seems to be a medicinal quality to her music that is undeniable and sought after in an often destructive and disconnected age. As herbalist and writer Sophia Rose states “through her music Mariee distills the wisdom of ancestors in a way that chillingly resonates. Her songs seem to connect you instantly with the original innocence and transcendent wisdom that is inherent in each of us.”\
Coming from mixed races of Polish, Hungarian and Native American heritage she has always been fascinated by her ancestry and is currently involved in different indigenous activism. Mariee was raised in Nevada City which is known for its gold mining history and lesser known as the occupied Nisenan territory with a rather dark history for the local indigenous people. She grew up daydreaming about the old ways of her own lineages and what pre contact life for the Nisenan might have looked like on her families land, imagery that later found its way into her music.
There is a maturity and deepening sense of self in the nature of Mariee Sioux’s recent songwriting. Her third album “Grief In Exile” was recorded over the spring of 2018 with her friends and Co producers Kacey Johansing and Tim Ramsey on the coast of California. It was written over 5 years of profound experiences such as traveling to Standing Rock prayer camp, ancestral visions of prophecy and intense heartbreak. Grief in Exile takes listeners through the sonic tapestry of healing Mariee found in creating this music with the support of NAC ceremony and plant medicines while spending time back in her hometown. It shares intimate stories yet relatable losses and hopes of enticing the sacred work of grief back into our culture from the exile American society has placed it in. Each song seems to contain it’s own story on the journey of loving and losing deeply and awakening to ancestral remembrance or self reclamation. The album was engineered by Tim Ramsey and mixed and mastered by sonic wizard Oz Fritz who has worked on acclaimed albums with Tom Waits among many others.
Mariee Sioux is a unique channeling artist, transmitting medicinal qualities through her music. Her first album Faces in the Rocks is considered a cult classic and garnered attention from such artists as Mazzy Star, and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, with whom she has both collaborated and shared the stage with. She has also opened for legends Joanna Newsom, Frank Black, Buffy St. Marie, and Brightblack Morning Light.