Cyote bleeds ‘red’ on new single + video

Cyote press photo

Hudson Valley-based multimedia artist and singer-songwriter Cyote has shared her debut single and video, red. Highlighted by lush guitars, sultry vocal harmonies and militant drums, red is as alluring as it is dangerous – a spectrum of optimism versus a harsh reality. 

This video speaks to the creative struggle of urban artistry. The carnal lure of a pulsating city pitted against the urgent call of wild spaces,” Cyote explains. “I have vivid memories as a child on my grandparent’s ranch, Square One Ranch, in the Texan hill country. My cousins and I would take turns feeding the deer, goats, cats, dogs & donkey each night before falling asleep to the lullaby of the coyotes outside our window. The chorus of their howls along with their feral spirits aligned me with a kind of wildness.”

Watch the video for red via YouTube below.

Born and raised in the Hill Country of Texas, Cyote daydreamed to Stevie Nicks, Fiona Apple and fellow Dallas Arts Magnet High School alumni, Erykah Badu. A decade later, she emerges with red, a bewitching creation evoking hints of Portishead and Meshell Ndegecello.

The video was animated by the award-winning Ben Marlowe, whose work has been featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Las Vegas Film Festival. The track was mixed by New York-based musician, producer and performer, Erik Altemus, who is best known for his work onstage as an actor in various Broadway shows. “After a nearly decade-long love affair with this sultry city, the lure of it still has its hold on me,” Cyote said. “Red is an illustration of that push and pull – the dark hustle, the sweetest of rewards, a true love and a heartbreaking loss. I’m addicted to its endless amount of possibility yet am terrified of its absolute uncertainty at all times.”