[Cover photo credit to Tristan Paiige]
Portland, Oregon-based band MAITA has announced that their new album I Just Want To Be Wild For You, is due out on February 18th, via storied indie label Kill Rock Stars. The new collection finds Japanese-American songwriter Maria Maita-Keppeler digging into “that crippling oxymoron of modern times, the constant bombardment of communication paired with utter disconnection”.
Lead single “Honey, Have I Lost It All?” and an accompanying video have been released in tandem with the album announcement, and you’ll find a grappling with “fear of inadequacy” at the heart of the song.
Maita-Keppeler grew up in Oregon, splitting time between her mother’s Japanese-speaking home and her father’s English-speaking home, and she found an expressive avenue through listening to songwriters like Elliott Smith, Feist, and Cat Power. Along with guitarist/producer Matthew Zeltzer, bassist Nevada Sowle, and multi-instrumentalist Cooper Trail, she recorded the new album in a church basement studio with a grand piano and 40-foot ceilings.
MAITA recently performed at Treefort Music Festival and has several shows coming up this Fall.