Maarja Nuut

Maarja Nuut

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Unreal sounds mixes ethnic mysticism and electronic anxiety.


by Hubert Grupa
28 May 2019

Maarja Nuut is a composer, vocalist and violinist. Her music is a unique mix of ethnic mysticism and electronic anxiety. Her discography is a journey to a place no one has ever met. The longer her career lasts, the more interesting Maarja’s journey becomes.

Starting with the well-received album from 2013 titled Soolo, the Estonian artist successfully performed and gained popularity in her country. Three years later, Nuut released another album, Une Meeles. The new record surprised audiences with bold experiments in which neo-classic and dark, cold folk crossed with the alternative. Just the first listening of Une Meeles aroused associations with Icelandic bands such as múm and Rökkurró.

The next step and a breakthrough moment in Maarja Nuut’s career was meeting Ruum, an Estonian producer and electronic music composer. The resulting duo aimed to combine two worlds: a raw folk based on classical instruments and distanced, synthetic electronics. Such an intersection could end in a sonic caricature. Fortunately, it turned out completely different.

On the Muunduja album released in 2018, Maarja’s classic-folk roots have perfectly blended in with the world of unreal sounds by Ruum. Thanks to this, Nuut’s music has risen to a higher level. Both on the album and during concerts, Maarja Nuut and Ruum present a sound that is difficult to classify, which requires the listener to be fully committed to listening to it. Experiencing it in its entirety allows you to discover previously unknown emotions and impressions that get stuck in your head and do not want to leave it. Darkness and eclecticism, intensified by texts sang in Estonian, make you feel as if participating in ancient, mystical rites. Listening to Nuut’s music makes you want to visit Estonia and get to know what made her music sound like that.

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