"...silky smooth vocals that spin widely relatable tales."
- Consequence of Sound
"Maria Kelly has really begun to become a more multifaceted artist whose music and visual work go hand in hand."
- The Last Mixed Tape
To celebrate the success of her latest single Black & Blue, Irish singer-songwriter Maria Kelly has released a stunning acoustic version of the track, which is out now via Veta Records and available to buy on iTunes.
You can stream the delicate acoustic re-make now via Maria's Soundcloud page.
The charming video for Black & Blue premiered on Nialler9 and you can also watch it via Maria's YouTube channel now.
The audio for Black & Blue premiered on Consequence of Sound and is also available to stream via Maria's Soundcloud page now.
Maria left quite an impression last year with debut single Before It Has Begun - a mournful finger-picked song that shows off Kelly’s pin-drop vocals and beautiful lyricism. Her latest single Black & Blue still feels vulnerable, with a hint of foolish optimism, managing to effectively captivate her talent for bittersweet storytelling - fans of Regina Spektor and She & Him will feel at home here.
"Black and Blue is about foolish optimism; waiting around for something that’s never going to come,” Maria Kelly explains. “I wrote it as a kind of ‘see ya later!’ to a certain time in my teenage years. I spent so long waiting for something that was clearly not on the way and this song attempts to look at that situation, accept it, laugh at it and move on.”
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 has already played numerous shows in both the UK and Ireland supporting the likes of Orla Gartland and Wyvern Lingo. Maria has also received praise from various online publications including Consequence of Sound, The Irish Times, Nialler9 and For Folk's Sake to name a few. Maria is working in the studio on new tracks for her next EP and developing her live sound in preparation for a busy 2016.
Black & Blue is out now via Veta Records and available to buy on iTunes.