"...Kelly’s art is an immersive experience, imbued with honesty and enthused with youthful exuberance. We love it."
Irish artist Maria Kelly releases her refreshingly honest EP, notes to self, out now via Veta Records.
The EP is a heartbreakingly unassuming collection of songs diarising Maria’s move from Dublin to Berlin. It explores themes of leaving home and finding familiarity from within, even if that can sometimes be an uncomfortable thing to do. Maria elaborates, “the idea stemmed from the fact that I began keeping a diary when I moved away from home in June. I wanted to document how that change affected me - keeping notes of thoughts, feelings, advise that I heard along the way. It allowed me to be very honest with myself. The diary then inspired four songs that thematically dealt with how we often move through stages of holding on, hiding behind, letting go and how we must do all three in order to move past it entirely. It became a very cathartic piece of work for me, and I hope that anyone who listens finds some comfort in it too.”
Previous single june highlights these worries using Kelly’s signature vulnerability and poignancy throughout. As her silky smooth vocals softly soar, twinkles of electronica and gentle guitar strums are able to drift effortlessly underneath, creating a sound that is truly spellbinding. Following on, july attempts to look inward. It explores the idea that we are ultimately in control of how we feel, and must take responsibility for what we choose to dwell on. A stunningly introspective piece, Maria’s delicate vocal matches the song’s intimacy perfectly. Maria's signature blend of minimalist instrumentation allows her vocals to soar and create something undeniably spine-tingling in the process. Ending with august, Maria celebrates her new found confidence and understanding that you need to let go of whatever holds you back. The track blends Maria’s velvet-like vocals with ethereal soundscapes and honest lyricism to create a sound akin to the likes of Daughter or Hazel English.
Raised in the West of Ireland, nestled somewhere along the Atlantic Way, Maria spent many years developing her sound into a delicate blend of atmospheric-alt-folk. Maria has already played numerous shows in both the UK and Ireland performing alongside the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, Lisa Hannigan and Paul Noonan, as well as playing at last year’s Great Escape Festival, Electric Picnic, Ireland’s acclaimed Other Voices Festival and most recently the Imagining Ireland shows in the National Concert Hall and the Barbican. Maria has previously received praise from various online publications including Consequence of Sound, The 405, Wonderland, Mahogany, The Line of Best Fit and Radio X. june also featured on Spotify’s Fresh Folk and Your Coffee Break playlists respectively.
notes to self is out now via Veta Records.