Marykate O’Neil Interview on Lyrical Venus Radio! Tues 11/11/08

There’s something kind of familiar to me about Marykate O’Neil’s music, even though I’d never heard of her till a few months ago. The experience of listening to her EP mkULTRA sort of reminds me of going to visit my relatives in California. I’ve been there enough times that I can find my way around fairly well, and I remember little knick-knacks or houses fondly, but the visits are also few and far enough between that there are plenty of new discoveries and surprises every time.

I think it’s the retro-pop musicality that provides the familiar base, because the Brooklyn-based Marykate is definitely an original. Her lyrics ensure that the songs are not bubblegum pop but more of a dark chocolate – that perfect combination of bitter and sweet. “The themes in mk-ULTRA are a bit of the morning after the party,” reveals O’Neill. “It’s a bit about the darker side of NYC downtown life… the moment in a relationship where you realize you can’t save it….and the moment in time when you realize you can’t save someone.”

For all of the darkness, Marykate is also super funny, as you can see in this video of her performing her song Green Street:

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Find out more about Marykate on her official website or her MySpace page.

Her mkUltra EP is available right now on cdBaby and Marykate O'Neil - mkULTRA - EP
Her full length album Underground will follow in February 2009, stay tuned.

And last but certainly not least, tune in to KRUU on Tuesday for a live interview with Marykate! The Lyrical Venus Radio Hour is from 9-10am Central Time on KRUU-LP 100.1 FM locally, for worldwide web streaming.

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