By Jon Milton
Maruja’s debut EP smoulders. A unique blend of Jazz and Post Punk, tellingly spawned from improvisation sessions, ‘Knocknarea’ is blistering, emotional and utterly captivating.
Added to the previously released singles (Thunder, Blind Spot and The Tinker) is new track ‘Kakistocracy’, a song literally about rule by the least able, where our leaders’ words and actions over the last ten years are decried.
It was your lies
that bought time
A battle cry, till the love dies
With your trade deals
And it’s more lies, I got more lies
Photo: Cal Moores
Clearly designed to take the listener on a journey, Knocknarea is an intense experience but also incredibly rewarding. There is anger and there is sadness in this music, but there is also much beauty and hope.
The band head out on tour in May with headline shows in London (The Windmill) and Manchester (Yes).