The MARIAS – ” Superclean Vol I & II “

Posted: May 26, 2019 in MUSIC
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The Marias are meticulous. Every element of the Los Angeles band there is a vibe as vintage as it is fresh and new, and it feels natural, unthinkingly but supremely cool. There’s a formula here — but somehow, nothing about The Marías feels formulaic.

Superclean Vol 1.released in early November 2018, feels like velvet grazed against the skin — chill bumps included. Combining bossa nova, funk, coquettish 60s yé-yé, lounge, and psychedelic dream pop, The Marías offer a sultry pastiche, an instantly likable meld guided by the kind of soft-soothing vocals . It’s the first EP for the band, a debut built on the seemingly fated meeting of singer María — as an artist, she uses her first name only — and drummer-producer Josh Conway.

The gloomy video for “ABQ,” a track from The Marías’ second EP, Superclean Vol. II, mirrors that feeling, Anxiety is a sneaky, shapeshifting thing on your mind. It can be profoundly intense to the point of physical debilitation; other times it’s a looming, creeping sensation of paranoia, negativity, fear, and insecurity slithering snake-like through your thoughts.and unsurprisingly, singer María penned this slow-march during an anxious state while traveling in a van on the band’s first tour.

“I remember recording vocals and having to go underneath a blanket so that no one could hear or see me,” she says in a press statement.

In the video, women cloaked in hooded capes surround María like a black cloud, even when she seems to be in the clear and calm, standing strong in brighter light alongside a horse and wearing a white gown. These cloaked figures are an allusion to that blanket, which became María’s safe haven on tour.

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Working for a fourth time with director Ian Lipton, María co-directed “ABQ,” and together they convey the eternal mental tension of living with anxiety. In the moments where the cloaked women surrounding María look directly to the camera, though, it’s startling: a jolt to the viewer that cuts through the bleak color palette. Each moment of intentional focus feels like an acknowledgment, a spark of awareness that anxiety is conquerable. Eliminating it altogether may not be possible, but with effort, we can better control it.

Directed, produced, written and edited by María and Ian Lipton

Formed in Los Angeles in late 2016, The Marías have hypnotic guitar riffs, smoke– velvet vocals and nostalgic horn solos, there’s something undeniably sensual in the group’s dreamlike fusion of jazz, psychedelia, funk and lounge.

Vocals/guitar – Maria
Drums/vox/producer – Josh
Lead guitar/vox – Jesse Perlman
Bass – Carter Lee
Keys – Edward James

The Marias

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