Multi-lingual and multi-talented Maya Solovey's new 6 song EP will see her move from her previous album's worldly 7-string classical guitar sound to piano-driven pop production, with echoes of Nashville and Williamsburg indie folk. These upcoming songs span a vast dynamic range, which tie together into a story worthy of a Hollywood cinematic classic. “Forte” is a roller coaster of love, betrayal, loss, and love again.
Maya Solovey is a recording artist from Brooklyn, NY. She has been playing professionally for about ten years, writing, performing, touring, and recording. This record represents the culmination of years of development in the studio and in live clubs all around the world.
This past year she released a tri-lingual album of original songs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese to much critical acclaim. Maya is currently in the studio recording this follow-up record, and is really excited to be the first music artist to launch on Sokap.
With SoKap, Maya's project will chart a totally new direction in crowdfunding, where fans actually share in revenue with the project they support.
“I'm super excited to launch this project with Sokap, because I love the way it allows me to interact with my audience, and how it can mutually benefit anyone who chooses to engage with me”, says Maya. “I find it a joy and an honor to do what I do, connecting to audiences all around the world through music. This is a whole new way to raise funds for a record, and puts some really cool incentive for us to work together to get it out there.” Maya’s looking for a total raise of $5000 to cover the costs of recording, producing, and promoting the EP. “Thank you so much for visiting my page, and I look forward to building this project together!”
FORTE (EP), recording artist Maya Solovey’s latest effort brims with that exuberant American sound: colossal drums, cinematic strings, grand percussive pianos, rollicking guitars, tasteful electronics, and most notably Maya’s full-bodied beatific voice, which sounds as if were made from silk and ache. “I was raised in the woods of Massachusetts, damnit,” laughs Solovey. “I’ve been an American my whole life but somehow this is the first American record I’ve made.”
Yet it took this multilingual songsmith a few trips around the globe and a couple of albums later to realize that she wanted to return home, to what was familiar, embracing many of the American pop sensibilities that detailed her youth. “Every song started with a piano. I’d pound away and sing until my head hurt. On my previous recordings it more about this delicate voice, accompanied by classical guitars and a ‘world music’ aesthetic, but I had to abandon this approach. I was now fixed on making something that felt robust and colorful, something that spoke to my roots.”
Solovey’s origins extend through much of the American catalogue: from Motown to Soul, onto piano-driven Pop, to the thud and swagger of Funk and Hip Hop, while even blending in some Psych-pop and Folk configurations. And what makes this vibrant collection of songs even more memorable is that it was recorded, produced, and mixed by her live-in boyfriend, 2-time Grammy Award Winner, Bassy Bob Brockman (Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera, Notorious BIG). “When you work with your significant other it becomes much more than just making a record. It’s an act love or better yet a labor of love, and if you don’t put your all into it, well, you can count on sleeping on the couch for the rest of the week,” Brockman jokes.
All jokes aside, as an expert and veteran to the game, Brockman was focused on constructing something masterful, “We were bent on making something that rivaled the high-end production of the big label records. However, we were going to do it on our own terms, proving to the ‘big dogs,’” he laughs, “that we could make a giant lush record at a tenth of the price.”
Besides Brockman, Maya enlisted some of the Brooklyn’s best musicians to round out this fresh towering sound: Kuroma and MGMT’s Hank Sullivant added his psychedelic guitar leanings, renowned classical musician Dave Egger performed on cello, and acclaimed composer Naren Rauch organized all of the arrangements. “There’s something cathartic about making something this massive. When you’re done collaborating on a project like this you feel like you’ve emptied out your soul,” says Solovey, “and I think that’s a good thing.”
But to say that this record is merely “massive” might discredit the songwriting because the lyrical content within depicts an authentic portrait of a couple’s relationship, and it’s treated with the care of a literary novel or an art-house film. From the naïve and playful optimism every couple experiences on “Ring, Ring, Ring” onto the theme of infidelity with “Smile” and finally resolving with an apology on “The Most” where Solovey closes out the record in a whisper, “I wish I’d learned to be more kind to you, who I loved the most.”
The beauty of FORTE is that although the sound is huge the sentiment remains intimate, as so it chronicles this age-old arc of a couple’s relationship in a very contemporary fashion. Solovey adds, “It’s funny we made this big-sounding recording yet at the core it’s still a very personal record. The contrast is ironic, I suppose,” she smiles. “So maybe it’s the irony after all that makes these songs feel so ‘American.’”
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