Noir-pop songstress Maiah Manser dissolves differences and builds bridges between the worlds of automation and nature. The grit and the raw in her lyrics, combined with her hauntingly powerful vocals all come together to create a chilling sensation that is concrete and abstract, both in sound and in concept.

Ms. Manser discovered her love of music at the age of four, while attending preschool in Bend, Oregon, where she was raised by her grandmother and single mother, who had escaped her father. With a fierce independence that stemmed from the energy she was surrounded by, Ms. Manser taught herself to play the piano and violin and eventually fled Oregon for Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. As a student, she met Mary Lambert; that chance meeting opened the door for an opportunity to tour with Lambert as a backing vocalist and then opening for artists like Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Pharrell Williams. At 20 years old, she started her professional career as a solo artist. Using analog synths, connecting soundscapes and live samples – from Native American chanting to the sound of a tree being cut down, Ms. Manser’s Second Skin E.P. aims to fuse the digital and the organic, illustrating the merge of the two types of worlds we live in today.

Popdose is pleased to not only introduce you to this very interesting artist but to premiere for you one of the tracks from her newly-released debut E.P., Second Skin, “Sweet Hell”.  Listen to this; it’s guaranteed you’ll find it both hypnotic and enchanting.

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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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