MAITA shares new single ‘A Beast’ from forthcoming album ‘Best Wishes’ due April 3rd via Kill Rock Stars

February 15, 2020
Photo Credit: Ingrid-Renan

MAITA shares video 
for new single “A Beast”

Debut album Best Wishes
out April 3 on Kill Rock Stars

Portland-based MAITA release their latest single “A Beast” from their debut album Best Wishes out April 3 on Kill Rock Stars. The song and accompanying video premiered on Consequence of Sound  who described it “as an anxious heartbreak that rips somewhere between Mitski and Summer Cannibals”.

Principal songwriter and front person for MAITA, Maria Maita-Keppeler calls the track “a musing on the pain that one person is capable of causing another, and the endless potential for forgiveness that exists within that space. That forgiveness always comes with a price, however: the memory of it that we carry beneath our skin, as does the abused dog that flinches when you lift a hand to pet it.”

The video finds MAITA alone in an apartment going stir crazy “It was inspired by the setting where I wrote the song, which was at an old studio apartment in Portland, OR.” explains Maria. “The apartment, though spacious for a studio, had the potential to feel claustrophobic and lonely at the same time, transforming into a hot-bed for creative angst and pining. I wanted the video to take place in a similar setting: an empty apartment to serve as a backdrop for the many stages of waiting- – the tenderness, the frustration, the desperation.”  

Maita-Keppeler began experimenting with songwriting while soaking in the indie artists of the 2000’s such as Bright Eyes and Feist. She related to how these writers interweave reality and poetry, and resonated with their emotional candor, particularly in light of her tendencies toward emotional restraint while growing up. “For me, songwriting comes from a place of wanting to find the truth in life. Sometimes that truth is so complex and nuanced that it requires a whole song to explain,”

Best Wishes balances ethereal musicality with visceral expressiveness. This juxtaposition is mirrored in the arrangements through potent use of loud and soft dynamics and in Maita-Keppeler’s lyrics, which manage to be layered, literate, but also impactfully concise. 
MAITA is Maria Maita-Keppeler, lead vocals, harmonies, and acoustic guitar, and electric guitar; Matthew Zeltzer, electric guitar and harmony vocals; Nevada Sowle, bass; and Cooper Trail, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, and harmonies.

“A Beast” follows the first single “Can’t Blame A Kid”, which Glide described as “a big indie rock sound infused with a pop-punk edge.”

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