Masha’s 'Stupid, Stupid Dreams' Come True with her debut EP
If the name Masha doesn’t strike a chord with you, don’t worry, it will. The Latvian-born songtress and writer has been creating quite the buzz in the music industry; from her popular Youtube covers which we first premiered of such pop hits as Adele’s Set Fire to the Rain and Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball to her recent performances at our ‘Live From Oz’ showcase and the CMJ showcase at Rockwood Music Hall. With the release of her new five-song EP, 'Stupid, Stupid Dreams', Masha is poised for her grand entrance.
The rising star divides her time, recording and performing, in Nashville and NY. The straddling of these two states is evident in her EP, as she bounces back and forth between a rising female punk rockstar to a budding Nashville country popstar. If anything, this EP is a testament to her versatility as a vocalist and her eclectic taste in music. Her emotive and aggressive vocals are reminiscent of Pink, while lyrics like “you can be honest, you can be bored, but don’t even think about touching that door” (found in the song “Ladies First”) would make anyone think twice before boxing this singer in. The singer even steps from between country and rock just long enough to bring a gospel influence to the final track on the EP, “Amen”.
Masha described her own sound as “hard to pin dow”, this is reflected in her new EP. With her raw and gritty voice she easily transitions from genre to genre. It is no surprise that this versatility has already garnered the respect and attention of many powerful voices in the music industry such as hit-songwriter Claude Kelly and producer-extraordinaire Nathan Chapman (the man responsible for production of Taylor Swift’s first three albums). Both Nathan Chapman and Claude Kelly assisted in areas of writing and production on the EP.
The EP (which is now on iTunes) blurs the line between the raw energy of rock music and the inviting sounds of the Nashville pop scene. ‘Stupid, Stupid Dreams' has the potential to reach a large audience with it’s range of sound, ensuring that it won’t be long before the rest of the industry knows Masha’s name.