Sound & Vision with Maria BC

Through innovative soundscaping and unique explorations of intimacy, Maria BC’s music uncovers a world brimming with hidden secrets. 

Their ability to warp and combine both sound and spatial awareness turns their music into an almost tangible and touchable experience. While there are touches of Grouper, Maria’s blend of the unexpected, be that structurally or through the nuances of their production, makes for a listen that is truly unique.

Ahead of the release of Good Before, the second single off of their debut LP, Hyaline (out via Father/Daughter & FOMO), we caught up with Maria to chat through their influences. 

Three favourite albums:

I struggle to pick favorites with music, but here are three albums I’ve been coming back to frequently over the past few months.

 Juana Molina – Halo

I love the palette of sounds on this album – dark in colour, but vibrant in texture. It’s like you’re trapped in a museum after hours, and suddenly these objects around you are beginning to make noise.  

Satomimagae – Hanazono

Satomimagae’s music is transfixing, haunting, rife with bizarre, near-unidentifiable samples… I admire her work a lot. 

Erykah Badu – Baduizm

I’ve probably heard this album 100+ times while working in restaurants, but, somehow, that hasn’t ruined it for me. Every song is magic and echoes the others in such a way that once you get one melody stuck in your head, all the others rush in after it. 

Favourite film:

Love Exposure

Yu, the troubled teenage son of a Catholic priest, meets Yoko – a gorgeous punk who’s sworn violent revenge on all men – while dressed in drag. They fall in love — problem is, now Yoko believes she’s a lesbian. Think it couldn’t get worse? They’re also being hunted by a girl gang of violent cultists. 

Needless to say, I love this movie. It’s hilarious, heartbreaking, beautifully shot and so well-acted. Worth the four hour runtime.

Favourite book:

Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things

Hard to pick, but The God of Small Things comes to mind because I don’t often reread novels, and I’ve reread this one. The writing is so vivid, but its rhythm, its musicality, also feels dreamlike, in a way. It’s agonizing. An incredible story perfectly paced. The cherry on top is Arundhati Roy’s weird sense of humour. 

A song that means a lot to you:

Rachika Nayar – Losing Too is Still Ours

Life changing music. 

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