Dublin, County Dublin
"Maija Sofia is a true ingenuity of the current generation of folk and forthright musicians."
-The Thin Air, 2017
Maija Sofia is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the west of Ireland. Taking influence from the storytelling nature of traditional folk songs and merging it with a raw unpolished performance style, much of her work is evocative, strange, dark and tender. The contrast between a childhood on the coarse landscape of the Atlantic coast and an abrupt move to London at the age of nineteen informs her work as her lyrically rich songs weave between the dreamlike and the tangible. Fans and critics have made comparisons to the likes of Will Oldham, Vashti Bunyan, Nick Cave and Cat Power, but generally come to the conclusion that Maija's poetic voice is distinctly her own.
Maija released a bedroom-recorded single 'Cosmonaut' in 2014 and followed it with an EP 'The Sugar Sea' in 2016, which garnered praise across Irish and UK media and featured an Irish Times Song of the Week. She began 2017 by appearing on the cover of the Irish Independent review as one of Ireland's young 'future makers' and that year she released the single 'Persephone' which was listed as one of The Thin Air's Irish songs of the year. Her latest single 'Flowers’ was released on 7'' vinyl in January 2018 through London imprint Trapped Animal and garnered praise from DIY magazine, Hot Press, Nialler9, BBC Introducing and more. Recently, her new unrecorded song 'The Wife of Michael Cleary' was covered by Lankum's Radie Peat and Katie Kim for Musictown 2018.
Maija has played numerous shows across Ireland and the UK supporting the likes of Julien Baker, Joan As Police Woman, Stella Donnelly, Adrian Crowley and Mutual Benefit, and touring Ireland with John Smith, as well as performing at Electric Picnic, The London Antifolk festival, Rich Mix Centre in Shoreditch, HWCH festival in Dublin, The Living Gallery in Bushwick NYC and Dingle’s acclaimed Other Voices Festival.
She has collaborated wth Darren Hayman (Hefner) and Gazel, and appears in the film 'Brakes' (starring Noel Fielding and Paul McGann) performing her song Cosmonaut. She has also collaborated with acclaimed performance artist Zamira Kate Mummery for 'Moving Words' performed in North Finchley Arts Depot and was invited to perform at the London premiere and director Q&A session of the Elliott Smith documentary, 'Heaven Adores You.’
She currently lives in Dublin where she studies English Literature in Trinity College, works in a cafe and is writing and recording her debut album.
P R E S S
'Flowers is a woozy, bright cut'
- DIY magazine, 2018
A heavenly blend of lo-fi and dream pop. Think Jesus and Mary Chain meets Angel Olsen.
- Hot Press, 2018
Sounding like a meeting of Phil Spector, Scott Walker and PJ Harvey [...] an engrossing multifaceted listen that works on almost every level.
- The Last Mixed Tape, 2018
Dealing with the universal traits of loneliness and anxiety – but lightened by juxtaposition with Sofia’s empirical, fairytale mannerisms – the tracks on the Galway’s musician’s debut solo EP makes for a bewitching, almost voyeuristic listen.With hints and shades of the likes of Mazzy Star and CocoRosie, we’re most certainly smitten.
-The Thin Air, 2015
She looks like a mythological character, and her song deals with a goddess’ tale: meet Galway singer Maija Sofia. Her enigmatic voice is perfect for this folky tune, an ethereal retelling of the Greek tale of a kidnapped goddess trapped in the mythical underworld
-RTE Culture, 2017
Fine, gossamer, lo-fi songs
Maija Sofia isn’t one to let go of her artistic reins — her single “Stains” off her debut EP The Sugar Sea was self-written, recorded and produced and Sofia also took command in directing her music video (…) we look forward to seeing what other universal truths come out of her music in the near future.
-ANON Magazine, 2016
A lo-fi singer-songwriter folk style that draws comparison to one of my favourite Irish acts vocally – Nina Hynes.
-Nialler9 , 2015
Balancing self fulfilled youthful wonderment and old soul whispers, Maija Sofia is sure to prosper with her eclectic whimsies, dark in spaces, otherworldly at others and rooted in alt folk pop. Or “witchery”, as she would say. Her tracks are intelligently fanciful tales, trippy enchantments and enjoyable playful jaunts from a true recessed corners dweller of a story teller.
-Global Texan Chronicles, 2015
Maija Sofiä’s ethereal brand of folk music possesses a fascinating quality, sometimes melancholic, often seeming to come from some dreamy, far-away place.
- A Music Blog, Yea? 2015
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