by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Maria Minerva - "The Sound" (MP3)
As mentioned on BrooklynVegan, psych pop singer Maria Minerva is planning to release her new album, Will Happiness Find Me?, on September 4 (not August 1 like we first said) via Not Not Fun, and that she'll be supporting the album with her first full North American tour. When we first mentioned that tour, the dates had not been all been announced, but now they have and we know that Maria will make her way to Chicago for a show on September 22 at The Hideout with Helado Negro. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check ticketfly for updates.
The first single from Will Happiness Find Me?, "The Sound," just premiered on Gorilla vs Bear today (7/18) and you can download it above. Maria's late 2011 release, the Sacred and Profane Love EP, was her strongest yet and first foray into a larger pop element than her super lo-fi early material. "The Sound" picks up right where that EP left off and gives big hope for the new album. It's galloping beats and pitched-up vocal clips should make fans of Grimes and Purity Ring pretty happy, especially when paired with one of her catchiest choruses yet.
For Helado Negro, the HIdeout show comes one day before he plays Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements (9/23) with Bobby Womack.
A list of all Maria Minerva dates and the album's cover art are below...
Maria Minerva -- 2012 Tour Dates
09-08 Long Island City, NY - PS1 Warm Up*
09-14 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands Gallery
09-15 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
09-17 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
09-19 Pittsburg, PA - Brillo Box†
09-20 Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class
09-22 Chicago, IL - The Hideout‡
09-23 Minneapolis, MN - The Entry
09-25 Missoula, MT - Ole Beck VFW Post 209
09-26 Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Hotel
09-27 Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival
09-28 Portland, OR - Holocene§
09-30 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop‖
10-07 Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space
10-11 New Orleans, LA - Siberia¶
10-12 Atlanta, GA - 529
10-13 Durham, NC - Pinhook
10-16 Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase
* with Atoms For Peace, Rustie, Holy Other
† with Majeure, Rivka
‡ with Helado Negro
§ with Julianna Barwick
‖ with Bobby Browser
¶ with Moon Duo