Premiere: Maenu – Maenu [EP]


Released today, Maenu’s self-titled EP shows an impressive and unique sound — emphasizing trip-hop rhythms, synth-laden pop, and stirring vocal performances. All five tracks tout their own personality and alluring aspects. Opener “R I P Division” leads on ghostly synths that are eventually accompanied by grunge-friendly guitars, immediately showing the group’s atmospheric abilities. “Amulet” – which preceded the release – rides on stirring guitars and escalating vocals, with various layers and gripping lyrics. The vocal approach is also fascinating on “Reptilian Tongue,” where various vocal efforts combine for a theatrical feel. Closer “Host” is a lush synth-led success, closing this impressive EP with a ballad of sorts.

Maenu are an all-female band comprised of Kayla Cashetta, Angelina Torreano, and Madeline Mondrala, who met while attending SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. Kayla is a composer and a recent winner of National Sawdust’s Hildegard Competition, Angelina fronts indie/grunge band Citris (whose latest single premiered on NPR’s All Songs Considered), and “Madelin” is also a solo indie/pop artist whose latest music video premiered on Billboard.

“R I P Division” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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