Track Review: Marilyn Carino’s ‘When The Innocents Go To War’

Marilyn Carino is no stranger to the music industry having worked with the likes of Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands, famed producers Sly and Robbie and shared a stage with Black Star and David Byrne.

Now, she is pursuing her own solo career with the electro-pop banger, ‘When The Innocents Go To War’.

Dark and warped synths provide a base for the song whilst Carino’s uniquely haunting vocals gently brush over the top with an incomparable resonance. The beat plays a secondary role to all this, but it seems for good reason; this allows Marilyn’s coded (and loaded) lyrics to take centre stage, which they deservedly should do.

Along with the track is an intriguing music video featuring Marilyn herself as well as some intriguing, paint-like animations that perfectly complement the nature of the song.

Carino has been compared to 90s cult band, Portishead, which provides a great frame of reference to begin with. However, there is arguably a slightly darker, more brooding tone which is exhibited in ‘When The Innocents Go To War’. In terms of her vocals though, Marilyn has drawn similarities with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Thom Yorke, PJ Harvey and even Annie Lennox. Such a list of music greats provides an idea of Carino’s pedigree as a musician and shows that whilst there are high production values behind her music (all recorded and mastered by herself), Marilyn’s voice is the real star of the show.

‘When the Innocents Go To War’ is taken from Marilyn’s latest album, Leaves, Sadness, Science – a collection of head-space grooves formed from layered, Moog-y synths and stark beats.


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