Equally enigmatic and soulful, Essex-based artist Kevin Pearce returns with the haunting first single from his new album ‘So On’, out on the 8th December. ‘Maria Come Home’ is an ode to the tragic life of the late, great Soprano Maria Callas, opera’s first international superstar.
Pearce describes the process of writing the song as something akin to a séance, flowing quickly from the pen after first hearing Callas’s voice: “[she] was obviously this incredible talent and an amazing performer,” says Pearce, “yet underneath there was this turbulent, troubled life.” ‘Maria Come Home’ sits perfectly in an album aiming to unite a sense of the personal and emotional, with an intention to provide solace, advice, and support.
Renowned for a playful theatricality and a masterful sense of atmosphere, Pearce matches his melancholy vocals with a delicate melancholic melody to create a track that is at once heartfelt and intimate without ceding any of its emotional power.
Wanting to do justice to Callas’ extraordinary life, ‘Maria Come Home’ draws on a plethora of influences ranging from The Beach Boys to Portishead and on to modern classical composers such as Arvo Part. The end result is an ageless song and recording that will, rather like Callas herself, stand the test of time.
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