CMU Approved

Approved: Maria Minerva

By | Published on Wednesday 25 July 2012

Maria Minerva

“She has not heard of HQ recording. She has not heard that postmodernism is passe. She wishes she was born in the 1980s and born again in the 1990s”. This is Estonia-via-London soloist Maria Juur’s artistic manifesto, as appears on her SoundCloud page; an apt keynote for her iconoclastic alt-pop alias Maria Minerva.

Having released singles like the dazed and narcotic ‘Ruff Trade’, as part of 2011’s debut LP ‘Cabaret Cixous’, she’s now back with a sophomore sequel in ‘Will Happiness Find Me?’, which is out via LA-based label Not Not Fun on 3 Sep.

Juur has just debuted ‘The Sound’ – a hypnagogic chant whose velveteen vox and surprisingly conventional pop phrasings are blurred beneath a lo-fi film – as a sample from it, and you can preview and download that very track here:

She also appears alongside Veronica Falls, Trash Talk, Eagulls, Virals and DIIV on the roster at this year’s Sexbeat-promoted Radfest, as will visit its radical presence upon Hackney Downs Studios on 19 Aug.