Maria Juur (born in 1988 in Tallinn, Estonia, a few years before the country would become independent from the Soviet Union), signs her experimental pop tracks as Maria Minerva. Her music is lo-fi and made with samples from various sources, to which she adds her own vocals. She is influenced by different sounds from house to synth-pop, ambient and disco. She's signed to Los Angeles label Not Not Fun.
Her father is one of Estonia's most respected music critics, which awoke her interest in music at a very young age. In her teen years, she discovered dance music and she became a regular on the city's club and rave scene. She studied Art History at the University of Tallinn and started making music in 2009, after spending a summer in London. In 2010 she moved to the British capital to study for a Masters degree in Visual Culture at the prestigious Goldsmith's school, and continued to work on her musical project. Her first release was the EP “Noble Savage”, released by 100% Silk in February 2011. Shortly thereafter she released her first album, “Tallin At Dawn”, released on cassette only, in a limited run of 150 copies. In September 2011 her second album came out, “Cabaret Cixous” - released, like its predecessor, on Not Not Fun - followed by a more danceable release on 100% Silk, “Sacred & Profane Love”.
“Noble Savage EP” (100% Silk, 2011)
“Tallinn At Dawn” (Not Not Fun, 2011)
“Cabaret Cixous” (Not Not Fun, 2011)
“Sacred & Profane Love” (100% Silk, 2011)