MAUD THE MOTH: LP ‘Orphnē’ by Madrid born & Edinburgh-based avant/dark-folk singer-songwriter out today
Hear avant-garde singer-songwriter Maud the moth’s new album ‘Orphnē’
Maud the moth serves as Madrid born and Edinburgh-based Amaya López-Carromero’s personal alter ego, a conduit for her own life experiences, and draws on a wide-ranging musical background, including traditional folk, jazz, classical, avant-garde, and rock.
Heavily inspired by late romanticism, art-deco, and surrealism, the Third LP, Orphnē, which is out today, reflects on the rootlessness and nebulous identity of the émigré, fragmented woman. The album arrived in cooperation with Música Máxica, Nooirax Producciones, and La Rubia Producciones on CD, vinyl LP, and digital formats.
IDIOTEQ is streaming the album in its entirety alongside track by track breakdown and additional commentaries from Amaya. Read the full Feature RIGHT HERE.
The video for the track “Finisterrae” saw its premiere a month ago via Prog/Louder, Watch it HERE.
Cover Art & Lettering: Charles Boisart, Inlay Art: Anna Frigatti
Artist Bio & Album Concept:
Founded in 2010, Maud the moth is the solo project of Amaya López-Carromero, who spent most of her childhood and teenage years studying classical music, writing stories, and recording music demos on the family twin cassette deck. Her wide-ranging musical and personal influences are carefully woven into a rich, coherent and heartfelt musical tapestry with an eclectic and unique personality, which has led Maud the moth to the participation in a wide number of festivals (Heineken Jazzaldia, Noroeste, Celtic connections, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Hidden door, Noite Branca, Eden, etc.) and venues both as a solo act and supported by a band.
Maud the moth had previously released two full-lengths: Home Futile Home (2011) and The Inner Wastelands (2015) plus the live album, Live at the Reid Hall (2017), has toured in Europe twice (once with Portuguese electronic duo Ermo and another with Swedish classical folk-jazz collective House of Trees) and, on a side note, has more than three million plays on Spotify.
Orphnē Album Concept:
‘Orphne’ (Ὀρφνή) or “darkness”, was a mythical nymph that dwelled in the underworld of ancient Greek mythology. This term shares a linguistic root with the word “orphan” (ὀρφανός), which originally meant fatherless, bereaved or desolate. By drawing a connection between these two terms, Orphnē reflects on the rootlessness and nebulous identity of the émigré, fragmented woman. Traditional family roles and familial support are seen as a light that is absent or has been exhausted, fostering a sense of desolation and alienation from society.
The aesthetic choices in the composition, lyrics, and arrangements are heavily inspired by late romanticism, art-deco, and surrealism, such as Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead, Métamorphoses by Segundo de Chomón, or Ravel’s folk-inspired piano works. Orphnē escapes from the mundane and dives into a fantastical and unknown world, and this sets the scene for an exploration of the self, trauma, loss, and emotional paralysis through a fabulist approach.
The self is defined as removed from the material plane and inhabits the world and the universe as conceived by the ancient Greeks, where the earth is enclosed in a firmament and held up by the pillars of earth. The self exists in a state of blindness and helplessness and can pass through the porous boundary to the underworld, which is only a few meters below our feet and not exclusively the realm of the dead.