Maria-M

FRESH: ‘Endtimes’ – Maria-M

Maria-M celebrates “Endtimes”

Digipop rarity MARIA-M announces “Endtimes”, a new charity single via Year Of Glad Stream. The solo project from the brains behind acclaimed ambient pop outfit Grawl!x, has announced the release of a new single, an offering of solidarity in lockdown with all download proceeds going to Derbyshire LGBT+.

Despite it’s not-so-cheery title, they describe the track as ​“​a song of hope, reminding myself mostly that though things can seem a little overwhelming these days, things are hopefully getting better (Particularly for marginalised groups) and that while there are doomsdayers and the naysayers; there are also brave wonderful folks who are fighting to make people’s lives better”.

Maria tells us “I decided it would be nice to convey this through a trans couple Yvonne & Chloe who have been separated because of the pandemic but are there for each other with love and here’s hoping I chose to use text-to-speech voices cos I thought it sounded cool!”. The track takes influence from Toro Y Moi and Grimes, featuring Maria’s uniquely mesmerising vocal performance backed by raw digital electro pop moving at speed.

It’s their first release via the Year Of Glad, a Derby based collective specialising in outsider pop music, art and writing. The single features a garage influenced remix by label mate Tom John Hall, and a stunning NINE minute ambient B side, showing the ambition and breadth of Maria’s vision, and a sign of things to come for this exciting and esoteric solo project.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!