Based out of Boston, Kathy Snax is the “haunted electropop” project of Kathleen Mahoney. Emerging back in 2018 with the five-track EP, The Spooks, Kathy Snax instantly caught ears with her melding of vintage-pop and 80s electronica. Three years on Kathleen is set to return with a new 7″ single, Changeling, due out on Friday via Relief Map Records. Today I’m premiering the record’s deeply unseasonal B-side, Winter’s Day.
Winter’s Day was recorded in the unusual setting of an empty University Science lab, Kathleen working with producer Caufield Schnug of the band Sweeping Promises, who also contributes the live drums to the track. The live drums add a certain propulsion and mark something of a departure from the signature Kathy Snax sound which is resplendent with vintage synths and drum machines.
Along with Changeling, Winter’s Day is a song of loneliness and longing, in Kathleen’s own words, a musing on, “both the dream-like memory of what used to be and making sense of a new, strange reality”. With the lyrics seeming to throw a deliberate reference to The Mamas and The Papas’ classic California Dreamin’, even in the middle of the summer Kathy Snax has an icy cool that’s very enticing and one that fans of the more indie side of synth-pop are going to find themselves falling head-over-heels for.