Chicago Singles Club

May 2014

Moritat

Moritat is difficult to describe. The band features hints of postpunk, folk, R&B, jazz, and more (to give you an idea of what I mean by “more,” Serbian folk music is mentioned in our interview), but you’d be hard-pressed to assign a single genre to one of their songs, much less to the band as a whole. There’s a dark, driving force in their music that occasionally gives way to something calmer and sweeter, a juxtaposition that heightens the impact of both ends of the spectrum. For the majority of the time, the band occupies a space in between straightforward emotions - there’s no joyous, sad, or angry Moritat song -- though there could be, say, joy-ominous. Maybe they’re inventing their own emotions.

The first track on their CSC single is a prime example: Shopping mashes together a dark, atmospheric, and dancey groove with lyrics (sung largely in gorgeous two- and three-part harmonies) that sound like they might be from the perspective of a teenage girl preoccupied with partying and, well, shopping. The triviality of the line “I want to party with all of my friends / ‘til the end” takes on a much more apocalyptic tone. Similarly, We’d is a touchingly bittersweet goodbye to a planet we’re losing, or at least changing, through our inaction.

It’s rare that each member of a band sits on as equal footing as do the members of Moritat; each performer brings as much to the table as the next. In addition to all three members singing, Venus Laurel provides keyboards with low-fi style, Konstantin Jace plays alternately spacey and aggressive bass lines, and Corey McCafferty just slays on the drums. Moritat is weird. Listen to them.

Moritat is

Venus Laurel
Keyboards, Vocals
Konstantin Jace
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Corey McCafferty
Drums, Vocals

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Video Interview

Contributors
  • Engineer Jeff Kelley
  • Videography / Interview Iris Lin
  • Videography / Editing Cassie Balynas
  • Photography Kerri Hacker
  • Production Assistant Kevin Claxton
  • Production Assistant Jordan Morrell