Half Swedish, half Japanese song writer Maia Hirasawa released her debut album Though, I’m Just Me a few months ago with little buzzing acclaim. Known as a backing member of Hello Saferide’s live act, I think Maia deserves much more than that. Though, I am a few months off on the buzz trail it doesn’t mean that Maia Hirasawa’s music has gotten old.
Months later Maia’s first single “And I Found This Boy” is just as infectious as the day it was conceived and then pressed onto plastic discs that were then transformed digitally into magic MP3s that traveled across the sea to all of our MP3 players. Then came the second single “Gothenburg.” A gorgeous tale that had strings that tip toed over Maia’s sweet voice that was accompanied by an airy chorus. Boy, did these two singles bubble as bright and shiney as Maia sung.
But to think that most people only mentioned her wonderful first single is such a shame. Because her album bubbles with many other tunes that are so charming. “Crackers” with its adorable dueting and “Maia & Mattis” with its chirping flutes and piano are another two examples of Maia’s joyous song writing. Then other songs such as “Still June” and “My New Friend” get heartfelt and folkier treatments where as “Say Goodbye” and “Roselin” get treated to more somber arrangements with strings and piano.
Maia Hirasawa is a unique song writer coming out of Sweden. Though having the same pop influences and roots of her counterparts, there seems to be something a bit more innocent in song writing. Her bouncy voice nestles us on a carriage traveling across the fresh air of Sweden. Maia sends out a great sense of excitement in her songs. I hope to hear more of her soon and hopefully she and her tunes will come to the United States!
MP3: “And I Found This Boy“