Boh Doran has always been inspired by music from the 80s and 90s.
“As I kid one of my very first records was Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill. There was a good amount of the Cranberries, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Third Eye Blind, Sheryl Crow and basically all the Lillith Fair bands playing at home and in the car,” she explained. “In my later years I have re-visited all this music and really also fell in love with more New Wave music. The Cure, the Smiths, New Order, The Psychadelic Furs, The Cocteau Twins… mix me up some analogue synths and shoegaze guitars and I am in Heaven (pun intended).”
Those musical influences are evident in her new single “Cat’s Cradle.” The dreamy track tantalizes from the first note, drawing you into a hypnotic musicscape.
But what influenced the secretive, witchy vibe that lingers beneath the surface?
Doran revealed, “I was watching the scene in Little Fires Everywhere where Kerry Washington’s character is playing with the cat’s cradle.
It’s about secrets, the nature of art and identity and the danger in believing following the rules can avert disaster.
I extended this to my own life and thought of the cat’s cradle as an analogy for the different networks in our lives, and our place in them. Inside of the cities, institutions, friend groups, industries and families everything is connected in a ‘game’ where we are the players. There is so much back and forth, truth and lies, living and dying for things. The politicking of it!”
This cat-and-mouse message rings clear in lyrics like “It’s just a cat’s cradle babe/But I still can’t afford to lose” and “Just my shadow pretending to be a/Perfect girl tonight.”
Doran continued, “This song is about figuring out how to play the game of life/and social scenes. How do we follow the rules while deep down feeling like an outcast or even an alien on planet earth.
There are social guidelines about doing everything ‘right.’ But is it all an illusion?
You can see what you want to see and you can make up your own rules. I sometimes feel like I am hanging by a string, in my relationship with it all, but then later in the song the clouds are changing over because there is hope inside of the game. Wanting to win, feeling bad about mistakes, but also taking a step back and realizing what it is at a high level.”
Listen to “Cat’s Cradle” here:
So what does Doran have planned for the rest of the year?
“I have been doing waterfall singles, but am planning on doing some more collaborating again and putting together my second EP or first album as a solo artist,” she revealed. “The trick is you have to stop releasing singles and spend some proper time in the studio cultivating a full thing… which is so exciting to me.”