Mariya may has released her new video for the track titled ‘Oh No! Oh No! Oh No!’. A Quazi space-cabaret with Bond girl overtones really puts Mariya in that original space where creativity and inspiration crash with no insurance. This song will be left in your head on blissful repeat and the video serves as a visual presentation that the beat goes on. This is a sinful addiction for the senses.
Portland-based singer/songwriter Mariya May delivered her third solo full-length Kiki & Mel’s Drive-Time Circus on streams January 7th, 2021, despite the social and global upheaval that was an omnipresent part of 2020. The year that changed the world was an extraordinarily busy year musically speaking for May, seeing her release an EP of deconstructed songs Strictly A Cappella and a new co-release with band-and-labelmate Mo Douglas Prepare the Sauce in addition to ongoing band work with What in Your Heart Can Put You in a Trance, all on Portland’s Ten Dollar Recording Company label.
A prolific singer, songwriter, and collaborator, May’s presence can be found all over numerous other projects from labelmates across the TDRCo back catalog, in addition to her own predilections towards penning intimate, sprawling, and dramatic indie-folk. With the playful, hummable, and at times wistfully melancholic Kiki & Mel’s Drive-Time Circus, May adds yet another feather to her cap and another album to her steadily growing canon that’s sure to be a shaft of sunlight through your winter window.
Paying homage to a wide variety of influences, from early shoegaze and new wave, earthy 1960s pop, and soul, late 90’s trip-hop, and all manner of psych and world music, May’s songcraft is unique and textured, gently referencing while remaining a sound apart from just about anything else you may have happened across. Holding it together is her top-shelf voice, which she deftly stretches from soft, sweet, and mellow, to dramatic, full-bodied, and soulful, channeling as much from Elizabeth Fraser as she does from Mavis Staples. And lucky for you dear listener, May’s vocal presence is the anchoring point for Kiki & Mel’s Drive-Time Circus, doing some serious work on finely-produced covers like “Pack Up Your Sorrows” (Mimi and Richard Fariña), “New House of The Pope” (Frank Black and the Catholics), and “Nearly Lost My Mind” (from TDRCo labelmate Ryan Massad), nestled alongside well-crafted originals like “On Your Heels”, “Oh No! Oh No! Oh No!”, and the 2020-apt “Christmas at the Broken Hearts Inn”.
Throughout, May’s inner muse shines bright, and you’ll be finding yourself wanting to give this one a second listen before heading out to dive further into her extended catalog of quality releases.