The Things I should is a stunning collection of emotionally gripping tracks performed with purity and grace. The EP is based around Maria’s struggle with self-expression and how, by always trying to please others, you can lose a part of yourself in the process. Maria explains, “these four songs are written about four different personal experiences, where a lack of honest expression at the outset had created a much bigger problem in the long run”. Opening track Torn Into Two immediately displays Maria’s signature fragile vocal tone as well as her incredibly earnest songwriting abilities akin to the likes of Lucy Rose and Billie Marten. Each track on the EP builds intricately alongside Kelly’s soaring vocal, with a captivating string arrangement throughout adding the final touch.
Growing up in Mayo, Ireland, Maria spent many years crafting and developing her sound into a stunning combination of delicate indie-folk. She has been writing music since the age of 10 and is currently studying at BIMM Dublin where she met her backing band. Maria also regularly works with Matt Harris (HAWK) who produced this EP as well as her critically acclaimed singles Before It Has Begun, Black & Blue and Stitches. Maria has already played numerous shows in both the UK and Ireland supporting the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Orla Gartland. 2017 sees Maria back on the road again co-headlining alongside Ailbhe Reddy as well playing The Great Escape Festival on 18th May 2017.
Maria has previously received praise from various online publications including Consequence of Sound, The 405 and The Line of Best Fit to name a few, as well as Radio X. She was also featured in The Irish Times’ ‘Top 50 Songs of 2016’ and ‘Top 50 People To Watch in 2017’. With The Things I Should, Maria hopes to continue to rise as she introduces listeners to her most sincere release yet.
You can catch Maria at the following dates:
18th May – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton 24th May – The Bowery, Dublin – EP Launch – Tickets 26th May – Coughlans, Cork (with Ailbhe Reddy)
The Things I Should by Maria Kelly is out now via Veta Records. It is available to stream on Spotify and buy on iTunes now.