Headlining their first show in L.A., The Marías pack a punch that is striking yet soft to the touch. The duo, María Zardoya and drummer/producer Josh Conway, create dreamy pop songs that transcends both space and time, often forming its own subgenre of music. The laidback lounge singers took the new L.A. venue, The Moroccan, by storm with openers Tillie and August Eve in tow. This night was nothing less than monumental.
The sensual and sexy vocals on Zardoya and Conway harmonized into an elegant array of soul that captivated like a swaying breeze across an open field of tall grass. The raw and exotic talent from this group had the room hooked from the first note on “Superclean.” Zardoya’s vocals melted the front row as her alluring gaze said it all during their follow up song and hit single, “I Don’t Know You.” She paused between songs and asked the crowd if anyone spoke Spanish, “Algien aqui habla Espanol?” The crowd cheers as she dedicated the next track to those rowdy bi-lingual fans in the audience. The song “Basta Ya” (“Enough Already”) was sung entirely in Spanish as they introduced a trumpeter who accented the track, taking it into a whole new realm. They segued into the upbeat and dance-classic track, “Ruthless,” which forced some gyration from the dance floor.
The Puerto Rican born artist took a few moments to mention their effort to raise funds for the recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico. “My family is in Puerto Rico and I haven’t heard from them at all today. There’s going to be a lot of people on the island and in the Caribbean that are going to need our help. We’ll be taking donation at our merch table. We really appreciate it,” Zardoya commented. We certainly hope that all will pull through during this time of crisis.
With their first headlining show under their belts, The Marías are on their way to dominating the local music scene with their fresh and unique sound no one can escape from after just one listen. Their debut EP, Superclean Vol. 1, will be out this fall and a subsequent tour to follow. Make no mistake, this is that one group you need to witness live to remember what love feels like.
I Don’t Know You
Only In My Dream
I Like It
Lovergirl (Teena Marie cover)