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It’s been thirteen years since Maria McKee’s last studio album, Late December, which was released in 2007. During that time McKee has been working alongside her husband auteur, Jim Akin, co-producing, scoring and working as an ensemble cast member in his critically lauded independent films.
Candid and passionate, Maria has quite simply, had a beatific awakening and in a crescendo of prose, her new album La Vita Nuova unlocks this story, sketching out a momentous and transformative time in her life that started decades ago when she sang in her living room by the fire with her older brother, the late, great musical innovator Bryan MacLean, co-founder, (along with Arthur Lee), of the seminal LA band LOVE. Along the way she retooled punk and country as the lead singer of pioneering Americana band Lone Justice, released a string of evocative and eclectic solo records, wrote chart topping hits and inspired the devotion of a loyal cultish fan base before seemingly disappearing.
La Vita Nuova is an homage to Dante’s opus on unrequited love. Though the unconscious impetus for making this album was to process the shock of one of McKee’s most prodigious personal challenges thus far, the dissolution and reinvention of her marriage, the songs are progressive and lyrically dense. The production is orchestral and operatic and takes it cues from McKee’s lexicon of icons – John Cale, Scott Walker and David Bowie. And so, it is a conversation that demands a level of deep concentration.
La Vita Nuova is due 13th March on Fire Records.
Tickets for the show go on sale Friday 17th Jan at 10am.
Tickets £20 +bf
11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 8BH