My roommate, Maia, recently gave me a copy of his album Chasing Butterflies with a Weedwhacker. I feel like music is an easy and obvious path for someone blessed with a clear, melodic voice and an expansive range and I’m often more interested in what someone has to say when he has to work with an unconventional voice to say it. Maia’s voice definitely falls into this category for me; it has a sweet, faltering quality that is equal parts jarring and endearing.
It’s obvious on pensively energetic songs like “Ingrid” that Maia is influenced by Neutral Milk Hotel while spare, intimate tracks like “Mantelpiece” and “The Puzzles of Frauleine” are more reminiscent of Nick Drake. One of my favorite tracks is the instrumental “Fire Engine Celebration” which sounds like it could be a b-side on a Postal Service record. The use of string instruments and ghostly backup vocals gives much of the album a haunting feel.
Here’s my favorite track on the album, “Every Little Thing”: