Dublin, County Dublin
Maija Sofia Makela is a musician and writer from rural Co. Galway. Her uniquely striking debut album 'Bath Time', a collection of songs exploring the female experience throughout art, history and folklore was released in November 2019 through Trapped Animal Records to unanimous praise across Irish and UK media. It was nominated for the prestigious RTE Choice Award Irish Album of the Year and was described in the Sunday Times as "quietly breathtaking [...] the arrival of a unique new voice."
PRAISE FOR BATH TIME
" There is a timeless quality to Sofia’s songwriting style that becomes more crucial with each listen." 5/5 Louise Bruton, The Irish Times
"awe-inspiring depth [...] a triumph" 10/10 The Last Mixed Tape
"a natural storyteller [...] people will be listening to Maija Sofia’s work for many, many years to come."
Zara Hedderman, Totally Dublin
"Brutally beautiful. The messages of Bath Time are vitally important. " 9/10
Craig Howieson, The Line of Best Fit
"A real timeless quality is rare in so much of modern music, but the delicate timbre of Maija Sofia's music is impossible to ascribe to particular moment. She doesn't occupy an easily identifiable space - there are few genres which could accurately pinpoint her sound - and the ease with which she weaves grand tales of mythos into short and delicate folk tunes suggests a true finesse. Her subject matter is seldom trivial - abuse, mythological stories, feminism and loss are considered with a confident serenity. The pinnacle of her work so far came at the beginning of the year in the form of the dreamy Phil Spector-esque 'Flower', easily one of the best new releases of 2018 either at home or abroad. Now embracing a fuller sound, Sofia's work has strengthened with time and experimentation while never losing the ethereal quality which makes it so effective. Fans of Sofia wait with bated breath for the release of her first full-length LP in 2019."
- Andrea Cleary, The Irish Times '50 People to Watch in 2019'
C O N T A C T
maijasofiamusic at gmail dot com