Today, I have another release from Maria Minerva to tell you about and I’ve learned some new things since the last time I posted about her – her real name is Maria Juur and she’s actually from Estonia. The kitschy 80s style is cover is telling of what you’ll get on this record. Maria’s spaced out, near deadpan vocal work among her hazy and faded synthesizers gives you the feeling that you’re out in the middle of the ocean with an untold sense of vulnerability. Not Not Fun explains that this title stems from a tradition/inside joke among some Estonian bands to name the album something with “cabaret” in it. Cabaret Cixous is a sleepy and ethereal journey through the inner-workings of Maria Minerva. With this release coming out two years ago (sadly, I am a bit late to the punch), I’m surprised there’s still copies left of this thing! Check out Cabaret Cixous below via the Spotify player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Estonian Euro-beat enchantress Maria Juur aka Maria Minerva has had a lively 2011 already – releasing a chic suite of glamour-pop abstractions via her debut, Tallinn At Dawn, as well as a sultry, sideways bedroom disco EP (Noble Savage) on 100% Silk – and it’s still summer. But time is money and money talks (or something) so rather than let a hot streak go cold Ms. Maria has crafted a fresh 11-song dream ride down fascination street, which we’re pumped and proud to unveil: Cabaret Cixous. Apparently there’s a tradition/inside joke amongst a fringe strain of Estonian bands where you have to name yr album something with ‘cabaret’ in the title, but regardless of one’s knowledge of this micro-custom, Cab Cixous is a gorgeous, gauzy thrill, slip-streaming from cracked-crystal karaoke pop singles (“These Days,” “Ruff Trade,” “Soo High”) to slow-motion synth-washed ballads (“Lovecool,” “Spiral”) to radical miscellzanies (the alien soundsystem banger, “Laulan Paikse Kaes,” a cellphone-fidelity Abba cover, etc) and beyond. A beautiful, bizarre record, full of the weird vision and hazed-out soulfulness that’s everything we love about music. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with retro-CGI landscape art designed by Estonian visualist Ronald Pihlapson, plus a full-color insert. Edition of 700.

Price $12

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