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Rad Releases 19 – Maija Sofia

December 28, 2019

It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2019 rapidly approaches and we somehow end this decade- we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been another crazy year filled with plenty of highs and lows- it’s the releases that have once again pulled a lot of people through the year.

Now in it’s 9th year, we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists. Telling us their most loved events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.

Nancy Wilde

Our next take-over comes from an artist who has captivated us this year. Irish art-folk virtuoso Maija Sofia. This musician won our hearts towards the tail end of 2019 as we first heard singles and details surrounding her debut album release. Maija’s debut full-length ‘Bath Time’ was released November 22nd via Trapped Animal Records & Cargo Records, Maija’s songwriting abilities are profound. Captivating all with her deep encompassing lyrics and heartfelt projections. We handover to find out more about her year in music….

Top 5 releases of the year

1. Lankum – The Livelong Day

Lankum are the best band, the drones on this album are so good it hurts me, so ominous and terrifying and transporting.

2. Cate le Bon – Reward

Cate le Bon perfectly straddles between weirdo out-there experimental music and absolute pop bangers and this album is EXTREMELY good.

3. Richard Dawson – 2020

Some of the songs on this album have repeatedly reduced me to absolute sobbing over the last few weeks, there are so many outrageous sonic curveballs on this album it should be illegal, it’s too good!

4. Aldous Harding – Designer

I’ve seen Aldous play 4 (four) times on the Designer tour and every time she has completely blown me away, she is totally in her own world, in her own league, there is no one even vaguely like her.

5. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising

I have spent every single day since this album came out aggressively singing ‘TRUE LOVE IS MAKING A COMEBACK’ to myself willing it to be true, one of the lines from Everyday which is one of the year’s purest bangers.

● The best show you have played this year

My album launch in Dublin because it felt like finally tying the ribbons on something I’ve been working on for such a long time, even if I was manic with nerves. And also playing in McDaid’s, a tiny eccentric wine bar in North Donegal, definitely the most remote show I’ve played and it was an indescribable experience.

● The best gig you have attended

A tie between Lankum at Quiet Lights festival in Cork, they played in a church and by the end of the gig people were standing up head banging on the pews, and Mary Ocher, an amazing songwriter who played to a crowd of about 20 transfixed people upstairs in the Workman’s club in Dublin.

● Highlights of your year

Finishing and releasing my debut album

● Artist/Band to watch for 2020

Rachael Lavelle, an emerging songwriter/composer from Dublin:

Best discovery this year

Just recently got introduced to Lingua Ignota and OH MY GOD

I also just discovered Holly Herndon this year who is truly INCREDIBLE

Plans for the New Year

No plans, only hibernation

Thank you so much, so happy to have discovered your projection this year wish you all the best for 2020

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