PRESS RELEASE – August 2020
Mara Katria’s debut single “Midnight Mind” dropped this spring among increasing excitement for her award-winning music video and upcoming EP with post punk legends Modern English!
The acclaimed filmmaker and musician Mara Katria’s seminal single debuted on Channel 98.9 FM – Corry’s Radio Alternative on the 20th of February (2/20/2020)! From there, “Midnight Mind” went directly into rotation and was spotlighted on multiple FM broadcasts including ALT-Natives on ALT-92.1 and Lehigh Valley’s NPR station 88.1. With the song now available on all popular streaming and digital platforms, the world-release celebration (August 29) for the accompanying short film Katria directed was remarkable! The video has already received multiple Best Music Video awards and most recently screened in New York and Moscow. The news does not end there as “Midnight Mind” will pave the way for an original EP album she’s writing with the legendary post punk / new wave band Modern English!
“Midnight Mind” was composed and performed by Mara and features J. Jeff Ungar (as seen on SyFy Television). The single was e-mastered at Real World Studios founded by globally recognized musician and humanitarian Peter Gabriel. “Midnight Mind” was envisioned as an authentic, human story that explores the latent beauty in the proverbial darkness, the give and take of the winds of change. Katria states that she hopes the song will “act as a mirror to reflect possible perspectives through which we consider pain and perseverance … our own and each other’s, alone and not alone.”
Over the months preceding the pandemic, Ms. Katria embarked on a pre-release media tour for her single and music video. This preliminary tour has included radio interviews and annually held international film festivals where “Midnight Mind” continues to receive accolades. The Sound and Vision International Film and Technology Festival, for example, describes it as a “stunningly crafted [piece] that takes you on a surreal journey into sight and sound. Made with a high regard for creativity, ‘Midnight Mind’ wows the eyes and moves the soul.” Mara’s appreciation for immersive synth pop and new wave music is evident in the track. As Radio’s Don Bedell states: “‘Midnight Mind’ is a hit! It’s haunting. It’s mesmerizing. Ethereal. Atmospheric. A little Kate Bush. A little Annie Lennox. I’m looking forward to hearing more!”
This all portends the release of what will be Mara’s follow-up album featuring a band that helped define the 80s: Modern English! Mara connected with the iconic group after supporting their 2017 record Take Me to the Trees. In comment about working with her friends and heroes (like renowned Modern English and Piroshka bassist Michael Conroy), Mara intones: “My God; it’s full of stars!” She notes that all songs will share a common thread – from the ME tracks back to “Midnight Mind” – and refers to them under the hashtag #MusicForTimeTravelers. Watch the otherworldly announcement for “Midnight Mind” and the coming album here.
Reviews • Bio • Links
“‘Midnight Mind’ is a hit! It’s haunting. It’s mesmerizing. Ethereal. Atmospheric. A little Kate Bush. A little Annie Lennox. I’m looking forward to hearing more!”
• Radio’s Don Bedell – Host, 98.7FM The FREQ
“If music is indeed the universal language, then ‘Midnight Mind’ is a shimmering satellite that will bathe the cosmos in waves of truth and meaning as it traverses the heavens above. The portal is open.”
• Christopher Di Cesare – The Ghost Boy of Geneseo, SyFy Television and Travel Channel
“A true artistic masterpiece!! The theme, the music, the voices, the actors, the passion, the set, it all captivates the soul and draws you in, into the edges of one’s own existence and one’s own midnight mind!”
• Lou and Cheryl Baldino – Musician and Band Manager, Burning Bridget Cleary
“‘Midnight Mind’ is a stunningly crafted music video that takes you on a surreal journey into sight and sound. Made with a high regard for creativity, ‘Midnight Mind’ wows the eyes and moves the soul.”
• Sound and Vision International Film and Technology Festival
“I am completely wowed on multiple levels with the ‘Midnight Mind’ song and video. […] Music has the incredible power to make friends out of strangers and bring people together in a way that nothing else can.”
• Johnny Price – Owner/Editor, I’m Music Magazine
“‘Midnight Mind’ is absolutely beautiful. Reminiscent of Kate Bush and October Project!”
• Stewart Brodian – Host, NPR’s 88.1FM WDIY and Brodian’s Basement
A being outside of time reflects within a universe of thought. She beholds the beauty in the dark – and tries to give a new name to the wind.
Mara Katria is a musician and filmmaker who has received several awards as director of the feature documentary Please Talk with Me (2015) and the short film for her debut single “Midnight Mind” (2020). Her work is often described as experiential, ethereal, and authentic.
Experiences are what Mara Katria creates. She uses the varied tools of a musician, film director, videogame world-builder, and photographer to immerse audiences in the depths of history and the perpetuity of genuine emotion. Her commitment to the craft of moving people and the art of communication has seen her receive numerous accolades dedicated to her varied disciplines. Ms. Katria’s creative path began as project leader for the videogame expansion MOD “Et in Arkay Ego” for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in 2009. She went on to direct the award-winning feature film Please Talk with Me which recreates the famous C2D1 Haunting. And on 20th February 2020, Mara’s debut single “Midnight Mind” was released on multiple FM radio stations — with the acclaimed music video she directed for the song scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2020 (depending COVID-19 status). This in preparation for an original album she has written and performed featuring the legendary post punk band Modern English. The record, Modern M (due out 2021), promises to guide listeners on a sonic adventure that spans the ribbon of time. In all these productions, Katria aims to use music and cinema as a mirror: echoing our mythic past and projecting epochs yet to come.
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MARA KATRIA LINKS:
• Website: www.marakatria.com
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/marakatria
• YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/marakatria
• Instagram: www.instagram.com/marakatria
• Vero: www.vero.co/marakatria
• Hashtag: #MusicForTimeTravelers