[Cover photo credit to Hannah Cohen]
Brooklyn-based Synth-Pop artist Loren Berí has shared his third single, “Greta’s Inn,” from his debut EP Stray Cat Kingdom which arrives July 20, 2022. The single features multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi (of Montreal, One Jupiter) and narrates the story of characters in an otherworldly tavern, Greta’s Inn, in a fictionalized version of New York City. Ultimately the new track “cultivates hope” in the surreal universe of the Stray Cat Kingdom.
Both of Berí’s previous singles, “My Brooklyn (Is Better Than Yours)” and “Prince V” featuring Itamar, return to a world set in a “romanticized, alternate version” of New York City. One of the fictionalized characters, Alby, illustrates “how utterly ridiculous the pursuit to be an artist in New York City can be”. However, the songs still manage to “find the beauty and lessons within the pursuit itself”.
After a naturally lonely and difficult adjustment period amidst a pandemic, Beri’s debut EP began to take shape. After meeting and befriending producer O Mer, who produced and mixed three of the EP’s five songs, a project began to solidify.