Last month, BUST had the pleasure of checking out Caithlin de Marrais at a couple of her NYC shows. De Marrais, the former frontwoman for beloved indie band Rainer Maria, released her second solo album Red Coats this fall (available on End Up/Polyvinyl), and it's a real gem. The record is full of gorgeous tunes anchored by her airy, lilting vocals. De Marrais' voice is really the star of the show. Sometimes husky, sometimes sweet, she can turn a low-key track into a slow-burning, emotional jam. "Birds" is one of her more upbeat songs, featuring a skittering guitar melody and the forceful bass lines that de Marrais perfected with Rainer Maria. Punctuated by shy horn blasts, the moody "City Girl" is an anthem for anyone unafraid to pursue their ambitious dreams.

De Marrais is a pleasure to watch live as well. She makes playing music look effortless, all while smiling and cheerfully bantering with her bandmates and the audience. She's done touring for the year, but West Coasters can see her next month when she does California. Red Coats is also streaming on Spotify now--click here to listen!


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