(Razzia/Bonnier Amigo) - release March 25 in Scandinavia
Her debut, ”Though, I’m just me” (Razzia, 2007), marked the beginning of a very intense time for Maia Hirasawa. The record went gold in Sweden and stayed at #1 on iTunes for two weeks, which lead to some serious touring. She visited Japan four times and in January 2008 she was awarded the prize for Best Newcomer at P3 Guld in Gothenburg. The show was broadcasted on national television.
Now it is time for the follow-up.
“GBGVSSTHLM” contains songs about being homesick, about confusion, friendship and the big love. The one that made her leave Stockholm for Gothenburg.
“Writing a song is so much about finding a feeling you have and then exaggerating it to the max. Like when you are adding to a story. Most songs are about myself, but they’re very exaggerated”, she says.
The listener will recognize the musical world she invited us into with “Though, I’m just me”. To avoid compromises she chose to once again be her own producer.
“Instead of using a producer I wanted to develop what I had started and use the things I learned from working with the last album”, she says.
Songs were written in Skåne, in the southern parts of Sweden, but most of it was recorded in her own studio in Gothenburg. After all the time she spent on the road she was longing for some ordinary life. At nine every morning she took her bicycle to the studio and arrived back home again just in time for dinner.
Soon the album proved to be a bit rawer than the debut. The songs had more of a bittersweet feeling to them. The guitars have been toned down, leaving more space for the piano. The vocals are more straightforward and less affected while the arrangements are more spacious this time. It is not always easy to find exactly what you are looking for but with big help from her musicians Maia has been able to develop what she started with her debut. “To be honest I don’t think I’ve developed as much as I’ve simplified things. The songs are rarely longer than three minutes. But the arrangements are bigger and sometimes I even let my love for musicals be exposed”, she confesses.
Maia recently wrote the soundtrack for a drama called “Stormen” (“The storm”) for national television. It was an experience that left her wanting more. But now, almost a year after having finished her last tour, she is longing to get out on the road again.
“To play in front of an audience is what I love the most. That’s the reward after all the hard work in the studio”, she says.
“GBGVSSTHLM” was mixed by Lasse Mårtén (Peter Bjorn & John,
Lykke Li, Sahara Hotnights) at Studio Decibel in Stockholm.
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