Artist 2 Peep: Caits Meissner
by Yvette Travillian
We’re almost halfway into 2010 and I can honestly say that musically, I’ve been quite pleased with the handful of new artists I’ve come across thus far. Happily, I can now add one more name to my increasing list of dopeness:
Her name is Caits Meissner and she is an accomplished poet who is impressively able to integrate spoken word, singing, performing/visual art into a pleasantly chill and experimental musical formation. Her voice pinned against a backdrop of progressive hip hop, soul, jazz and electronic; makes for the perfect music to enjoy during late, muggy summer nights.
Reppin’ Brooklyn via Albany, NY, Caits first gained notoriety as a unique storyteller’ showcasing her poetic skills at some of NYC’s hottest underground spots alongside artists such as Boot Camp Clik and M1 of Dead Prez. Her ability to electrically entertain audiences through her profound wordplay and onstage persona ultimately led to noteworthy awards and public props from none other than Erykah Badu.
This weekend Caits released her second EP titled The Wolf and Me -and after my first listen I’m guessing that she may soon be very well known for her music. Inspired by classic elements of the vinyl era her sound can be described as (in her words) “the kind of album you listen to under headphones, in the dark hours of the early morning”. It features appearances from Jesse Boykins III and Maya Azucena and production from hot underground producers like Blu and Just Plain Ant. It is a definitely must peep.
Although poetry seems to be Caits Meissner’s first love, I’m hoping as her career progresses she options to dive a little more into the singing aspect. Her voice is a perfect raspy blend of soul and electronic that easily flows with the mellow production. She has talent that is obvious and potential to win over large amounts of eclectic music heads. Her album is available for purchase via her Bandcamp page and it is definitely worth buying and passing on. Check out some of my favorites below.