Maria in the Shower’s “The Hidden Sayings Of Maria In The Shower”

They say they’re Vancouver’s legendary folk cabaret band - and after one spin I believe them. Drawing influences from gypsy, Latin, old-time, rockabilly and beyond the album is an energetic mash of musical cultures. Don’t Build A Wall ‘Round the Graveyard showcases the blend of styles most successfully. She Rises will leave you wishing you took Latin dance lessons, whereas Mostly In The Dark sounds like a folk-rock polka and Tomorrow’s Song plays like a classic off Tom Wait’s Rain Dogs. The only downfall is the album’s lack of cohesiveness. This is evident with the transition of the traditional folk sound of Old Joseph Brady into the swing music of Mojo Hand. Regardless, these guys are definitely worth checking out. Given a few more years to mature and meld its influences a little more, you can put Maria in the Shower in with the rest of the bizarre/beloved bands.

Published in Volume 66, Number 11 of The Uniter (November 9, 2011)

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