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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Estonian Brings Hazed Beats to Town

Posted by on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

  • Photo by Marek Chorzepa
  • Maria Minerva (née Maria Juur)

When Decibel announced their schedule for this year's festival, I was unfamiliar with Estonian-born, London-based Maria Minerva, but now that I've heard her latest single, I'd like to hear more. "The Sound" follows her 2011 two-LP release, Cabaret Cixous (in the past year, she's also released two EPs and a cassette).

The art history graduate is a house enthusiast, a former Wire intern-turned-contributor, and a third-wave feminist who can lay claim to a banned-by-YouTube video. According to this Wire post, the clip for "Soo High" [below] appropriated "scenes from what looks like a particularly sleazy slice of hi-brow Euro porn."

Further, the press has compared her to Nico and Nite Jewel, while Minerva cites Brian Eno, Throbbing Gristle, and Cabaret Voltaire as some of her favorite artists. Also, Simon Reynolds has expressed his support for her work, and her father, Mart Juur, is one of Estonia's leading music writers. Color me intrigued.

Not Not Fun releases Will Happiness Find Me? on September 4. For more music, check out her Soundcloud here. Minerva plays Decibel on September 27. On her Facebook Page, she wrote, "Seattle I'm comin' atcha—fulfill my indie dreams."


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