New Pharaohs, Nothing Without You shimmers with dreamlike soundscapes and a driving indie rhythm, showcasing Maya Marie’s evocative song writing. Nothing Without You explodes with bitter sweet melodies without ever losing sight of its pop sensibilities. New Pharaohs, dish up sublime slice of sophisticated dream pop, with echoes of Blondie at their best.
GIGsoup found out what it’s all about…
Nothing Without You seems quite a departure from your previous releases.Was it a conscious decision to move in a new direction?
Yes. I got tired of hearing everyone else do electro music so it was time to radically change my sound to something organic. Also as I had a break from being an artist i had a build-up of emotions and reflections that needed to come out lyrically.
Can you tell us the story behind Nothing Without You?
It’s more about an eternal sadness. Musically I had always been a fan of The Cardigans so I was eager to return to my indie roots which is less about hooks and more about the feeling.
As a songwriter, you’ve written for mainstream pop acts. Would you say pop music influences your style and if so, how?
Definitely. Writing for pop acts and more importantly, dealing with their overlords (their press gurus) made me realise how important the concept of the project is. As an indie girl it was always about the vibe of the song or album, or what amps for the bass and guitar or which vintage synth.. but with pop people it’s about satisfying everything and everyone in the first 10 seconds of the song and it’s all about ‘the story’.
What inspires you to create?
Feelings and secret messages that need to come out! Also I am inspired by whatever isn’t in fashion. So you’ll find live drums, real orchestral strings and no auto tune in New Pharaohs.
What direction will New Pharaohs take next?
More of the same sonically but different stories to tell
This New Pharaohs article was written by Jessica Otterwell, a GIGsoup contributor. Photo by Marie-Fleur Charlesworth