MAITA share video for new single from their forthcoming debut ‘Best Wishes’ out 15 May on Kill Rock Stars

April 24, 2020
Photo Credit: Ingrid-Renan
share video for new single
“Someone’s Lost Their Goddamn Wallet”

Debut album Best Wishes
out 15th May on Kill Rock Stars

Portland-based MAITA release their latest single “Someone’s Lost Their Goddamn Wallet” from their debut album Best Wishes out May 15 on Kill Rock Stars. The video premiered on KEXP who described the single as “steeped in the songwriting tradition of jaunty, lighthearted folk-rock being used as a Trojan Horse for the creeping dread of existentialism.”

The video was made during the lockdown with MAITA’s friends and family in isolation.

Principal songwriter and front person for MAITA, Maria Maita-Keppeler says of the track “Someone’s Lost Their Goddamn Wallet” was inspired by my experience with college parties. Every weekend at some grimy house filled with young, drunk people, I would have that moment late at night where I stared into the crowd and remembered that death was waiting for all of us, regardless of how alive we felt. In those moments, everything would suddenly seem insignificant, and we became so naive and small. I wanted to hide the gravity of this truth within a song that felt vibrant and full of life, just as these dark truths were hidden for me within nights of intoxicated revelry. The song carries a different weight for me today, in the midst of this new Covid reality, where the dark truth seems more exposed than ever, and the quest for joy feels more urgent, almost desperate.”

On the video Maria says “My initial idea for this song was to do a classic house party music video, but of course, that was not possible once we began social distancing. What happened instead felt all the more apt for the song. I gave my friends complete freedom in creating their videos, and found them to be so honest and captivating, each and every one. As I spent hours editing it, I felt like I was hanging out with all of them, sharing in each of their unique spirits, their particular ways of processing our new reality. It felt as if we were all at that party, and that we were all on that singular precipice – that precipice between joy and grief that I used to come to alone – together.”

Maita-Keppeler’s bold vulnerability and literate flair is on full display on Best Wishes. She 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.”
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.

The band have already shared videos for  “Can’t Blame A Kid” and “A Beast”.

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