Hello, happy holidays everyone. In the midst of this great holiday cheer (I write that as sarcastically as possible), it is great to take a break and listen to some good, smooth music. I am here to suggest to listen to this amazing group, the Marias. They have an amazing aesthetic and their album covers are awesome.
This group has inspired me to write about them, even after I internally decided I was going to stop writing for a bit to prioritize other things. What stands out the most to me is their ability to mash up a bunch of different genres and styles in a way that produces their own completely unique sound, yet still honors and features the integral elements of said styles. The lead singer’s vocals (her name is Maria, and she also plays guitar in the band… queen) are hypnotically smooth and velvety, and give off a lounge-y feel. Their lyrics are to the point, yet by no means are they lazy or simple. It fits perfectly with the production, everything. They also have psychedelic and jazz elements in their music. What impresses me the absolute most with this group is their ability to maintain their unique style (that I love so much) in each and every song while still managing to showcase their range. Every song is different; some are in Spanish, too. We stan.
They don’t have a whole lot of music released since they formed in 2016, but they have 2 EPs, Superclean, Vol. I and Superclean, Vol. 2. Very fitting titles, I think. They also have a single called “Drip”, which is their most recent release, and I very much enjoy it. It starts out with a faster tempo, and has snippy, groovy guitar rifts. Once it hits the halfway mark, it starts to slow down and have a deeper, drawn out beat. It reminds me of songs like “Glitter” and “Awkward” from Tyler, the Creator, where he transitions into a slower second half of the song that usually features internal afterthoughts of whatever the first half of the song was about. I like the direction they took with it.
So, I would obviously recommend listening to everything, but, not everyone has the time nor attention span to sit through two EP’s (although, in my experience, listening through everything is always worth it – shout out to my friend Sam for getting me to listen more). With that being said, my top 5 songs from them – in no particular order – would be:
- Carino (idk how to do the n~ on the computer lol)
- I Don’t Know You
- Basta Ya
- I Like It
Go and listen to them and support their awesomeness. Also happy holidays to all, good food and family is what it’s all about. Check out the Marias n all the other wonderful music in this world 🙂