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Constantly evolving band Naked Maja continues to develop their own unique brand of atmospheric-pop, with their latest four-track EP The Vagrant. With two successful releases and interstate tours under their belt over the last year, the band have delivered yet another bite sized taste of motoric grooves, textural guitars and synth pop elements – this time packaged up with a more new wave feel.
The Vagrant tells the story of disconnect, a wandering existence from one dream-like inhabitance to another. It explores discourses of confusion and despair, but also catharsis and celebration, recognising those cherished moments in which a real connection is established between one human being and another. This release is especially unique as it is the last to feature founding member and guitar-deconstructionist, Scott Wilson.
Last month the band released their single Out of Mind and accompanying video, which provided an impressive sneak peak at what to expect for the rest of the EP.
Thursday 22 May 2014 (EP Release)
The Underdog (Brisbane)
Naked Maja + Keep On Dancin’s + Ultra Material + Kindergarten
Friday 20 June 2014
The Waiting Room (Brisbane)
Spartak (Album launch) + Naked Maja
+ Spirit Bunny
Press from previous releases
4ZZZ FM – “Naked Maja are a band deservedly on the rise and here's hoping they can continue this favourable trend of bettering themselves with each aural offering.”
Who the Hell – “a listening experience that’ll leave you feeling unsettled and oddly moved”
Cyclic Defrost - "...A strong EP that sees Naked Maja fusing a blend of familiar elements in an inspired fashion that often defies easy categorisation"
Sonic Masala - “...the whispier elements of their musical genetics burn away to reveal a muscular solar flare drift, coalescing into a sonorous squall that belies the delicate, disembodied vocals.”
Mess+Noise - "...a great deal of lovely, lonely wandering"
The Active Listener - "Dreamy psychedelic pop characterized by inventive synths, carefully layered sheets of guitars (run through an arsenal of pedals) and precise, supple drumwork"