Katie Von Schleicher’s “Paranoia” Is A Pretty Country-Pop Hybrid

“Learning to love the thing that can’t love you back — it’s at least worth a try.”

Katie Von Schleicher’s “Paranoia” Is A Pretty Country-Pop Hybrid

On July 28, Katie Von Schleicher, a singer from Brooklyn who writes beautiful pop songs to sing over and under static and fuzz, is releasing her first full-length album, Shitty Hits. The first single off the record is "Paranoia," premiering below with a video by Matt Strickland, and it's got a softer, bigger, and more dizzying sound than her last release, Bleaksploitation. It's a song about Von Schleicher's relationship to her music, packed with folksy lilts and robust refrains.

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"'Paranoia' is the first song I wrote for Shitty Hits," she told The FADER over email. "It’s an attempt to crystallize a feeling which would later be embodied in different forms throughout the album. Deciding to self-produce — to make this maximal and woozy sound I was dying to hear — has been as humbling as it is ecstatic. The isolation of that process isn’t unlike the isolation of anxiety or depression, or the struggle for perspective. I’m human, I get sad, I feel powerless. But learning to love the thing that can’t love you back ... it’s at least worth a try.”

Katie Von Schleicher’s “Paranoia” Is A Pretty Country-Pop Hybrid