Berlin-based composer Maya Shenfeld uses cinematic kaleidoscopic electronica like a classical composer and her new single ‘Interstellar’ is absolutely superb. It fits somewhere between Heinali’s modular synth work and something that Philip Glass would score for a sci-fi movie. Maya’s synth work merges together with some acoustic elements too but you are never truly sure where one instrument ends and the next begins. It sounds futuristic and like time is being manipulated through sound.
‘Interstellar’ is the lead single from Maya Shenfeld’s upcoming album ‘Under The Sun’. She’s been working on it for the last two years and part of that process was spent on site at one of the world’s deepest marble quarries in Portugal. Working on sound designs and concepts in a giant hollowed-out space likely influenced the electro-acoustic angle of Maya’s work. It may have felt like a bunker from the general world crisis’ unfolding during production. There is a drone quality to the synth music and when woodwind, voice and field records are added in, I think the overall sound feels quite universal. It is incredibly cinematic and caught my attention immediately.
The marble quarry in Vila Vicosa is also the location for the excellent music video. It uses Super 8 film, drone footage, and director Pedro Maia layered various textures over the analogue film to make the video feel like rustic rock.
Enjoy the music video for ‘Interstellar’ below, the track is out now. ‘Under the Sun’ is due for release on 23rd Feb 2024. For more information on all things Maya Shenfeld, including her upcoming tour, visit her website.
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