Channeling raw yet hazy disco energy with conceptual post-punk leanings, Estonian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Maria Minerva builds her music on an aesthetically-minded, intellectually-driven blend of electronic pop and “21st century folk music.
Her distinctive sound draws similarities to the reverb-laden hypnagogic pop created by Laurel Halo, L.A. Vampires, and Julia Holter.
About Maria Minerva
Maria Minerva (neé Juur) was born in Estonia, studied in London, and now calls Brooklyn home.
With a career in music that only began in 2011, she has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, NME, Uncut, Vice, Pitchfork, Dazed & Confused, Vogue, and countless other publications. Gathering descriptions as diverse as “hypnagogic abstractionist” and “dancer synth wizard” (Pitchfork) to “dance-pop made sallow and creepy” (The New York Times) and “dub-savvy, gothic electro-pop the likes of which we’ve never heard,” (FACT Magazine) Minerva has a sound that is quite impossible to define.
Having signed with acclaimed Los Angeles-based independent label Not Not Fun in 2011, she has since released an impressive collection of songs, beginning with her debut Tallinn At Dawn on cassette, as well as two LPs, Cabaret Cixious (2011) and 2012′s Will Happiness Find Me?, and two EPs, Noble Savage (2011) and the following year’s Sacred and Profane Love. Minerva has also found time to tour extensively in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and beyond, playing festivals as diverse as Sonar and the Melbourne Writers Festival to MoMA PS1 with Thom Yorke and The Royal Albert Hall in London.
With an aesthetic, sound, and philosophy informed by her previous work as an art and music critic at the U.K.’s Wire Magazine, as well as a Master’s degree in Aural and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Minerva is currently working on an upcoming full-length album and mastering the art of comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade.