Cyote is the musical moniker of Carter Lou McElroy, a mixed-media artist and songwriter based in the Hudson River Valley of New York, Mohican Territory. After 12 years of working behind the scenes for artists such as Tori Amos, Thurston Moore, Meshell Ndegecello, Kaki King, and the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, she debuted her first single and video for “red” in February of 2020, and has returned with her newest single and video, “none the wise.”
Since her last release, McElroy has produced short and long form videos for other artists (including Lea Thomas’ “Hummingbird“), in addition to moonlighting as the house band at Ravish Liquors (“antiques in the front, party in the back!”). In 2022, she co-curated Greene County, New York’s first all LGBTQIA+ multidisciplinary art exhibition for Pride at the Athens Cultural Center in Athens, NY.
McElroy is inspired by art that provokes optimism and avenues of storytelling that strengthen community. Her most recent work exists in the digital space via animation, video shorts and layered photography.
Today Glide is excited to premiere the video for “none the wise,” a wintery ode to isolation that revels in a chilly yet enchantingly beautiful folk sound. Bringing to mind artists like Cat Power, Weyes Blood and even José González, the song finds McElroy blending layered vocals to give the song a harmonic effect alongside a pulsating groove that keeps the energy flowing. Indeed, this is a song that transcends any kind of twee folk in favor of a sound that is more urgent and full-bodied, with McElroy’s haunting vocals taking the spotlight.
McElroy describes the inspiration behind the song:
“This song is a poem that speaks to the ability each one of us has to disconnect at any moment..’none the wise’ to the world around you.”