credit: Tristan Paiige
On her latest album with Portland indie-rock project MAITA, Maria Maita-Keppeler digs into the crippling oxymoron of modernity, the constant bombardment of communication paired with utter disconnection. I Just Want To Be Wild For You, which was released Feb 18 on Kill Rock Stars, has received acclaim spanning NPR, Under The Radar, KEXP, FLOOD, BUST, and more.
Splitting time between her mom’s Japanese-speaking home and her father’s English-speaking home, Maita-Keppeler found an expressive avenue out of her childhood shyness through music. The Portland-based singer-songwriter tapped into that grand yet intimate reverence for MAITA’s sophomore album, from the churning twinkle of “Pastel Concrete” to the riotous give-and-take of “Honey, Have I Lost It All?”. In those moments of disconnect, of confusion, of isolation, I Just Want To Be Wild For You thunders ahead, forging unexpected connections along the way.
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