Maria Minerva (neé Juur) was born in Estonia, studied in London and now calls Brooklyn home. Bless, a new EP released April 2, 2013 on 100% Silk, builds on her aesthetically-minded, intellectually-driven blend of electronic pop and is a further reminder of the sheer enigma and presence of this artist.
With a career in music that only began in 2011, the artist has been featured in 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” (New York Times) and “dub-savvy, gothic electro-pop the likes of which we’ve never heard,” (FACT Magazine) Maria 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, 2011's Noble Savage and the following year’s Sacred and Profane Love. She has also found time to tour extensively in the US, 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 UK’s Wire Magazine, as well as a Masters degree in Aural and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Maria is currently working on an upcoming full-length album and mastering the art of comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade.