today is all about Maïa Vidal, a young and extremely talented singer-songrwriter, who has instantly become one of my favourite new artists. if you enjoy Coco Rosie‘s music, please continue reading!
Maïa Vidal was born less than 25 years ago, still she has already been part of three bands – which is truly remarkable and inspiring! Born in Santa Barbara, California, Maïa has been on the move for most of her life: from Brooklyn, New York, to Ithaca, New York, where she attended high school, from Montreal, Canada, where she attended university, to Europe, where she is currently based now.
During her highs school years, in Ithaca, Maïa played in her first band, Kiev – then Kievan Rus: a girls punk group, that made it so far to tour with Bad Religion and Gogol Bordello. Once in Montreal, Maïa started playing solo, under the stage name of Your Kid Sister, still influenced by her love for punk music: it in fact started out as a homage to Rancid, Maïa’s favourite punk band – in the EP Poison, she covers five of her favourite Rancid‘s songs and transforms them into soft lullabies and waltzes.
When, in 2009, Maïa moved to Europe – first to Barcelona, then Paris – she continued covering Rancid‘s music as Your Kid Sister, but also started a new experimental project as Maïa Vidal herself. In the self-titled EP Maïa Vidal (2011), she introduced her brand new freak folk music to the world, with three unique pieces: Poison – from Your Kid Sister‘s EP, the successful Follow Me and Le Tango de Le Femme Abbandonnèe – where Maïa sings in French.
Later in 2011, Maïa released her first full length album as Maïa Vidal: God is My Bike: a beautiful collection of 12 songs, each of them unique, characterized by an original and experimental approach to indie folk. Maïa uses a wide range of instruments, such as violins, accordion, guitar, percussions and toy instruments – her melodies remind of early Coco Rosie‘s, but her peculiar voice really distinguishes Maïa among many other freak folk artists out there.
Maïa Vidal – God is My Bike live
that’s enough reading for today, to do some listening go to maiavidal.com and enjoy!