Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from Ellis May.
To say that Copenhagen-based Sophia Maj has had a bit of interesting life would be an understatement. She’s trained as an audio consultant and sound engineer at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, scored music for TV and film, and designed sound effects and soundtracks for museums, galleries and fashion shows. It was during this time that she began crafting a spellbinding yet haunting atmosphere with her music.
For the past 18 months Sophia’s been working under the solo moniker of Ellis May, where that dark and evocative feeling continues to shine through. It’s no different on her latest track, ‘Rivers of Doubt’, which is filled with swirling ambient electronics that build in intensity, with shimmering, glacial beats lending a sense of urgency. Yet it’s Sophia herself who casts the biggest spell, her powerful vocals packing more than a bit of emotional punch.
Speaking of the track, Sophia said: “My personal demons can be apocalyptic when I forget what I’m capable of. The title is borrowed from the memoirs of Theodore Roosevelt who in 1913 joined an expedition to explore the Brazilian river “Rio da Duvida”, today known as “Rio Roosevelt”.
Listen to ‘River of Doubt’ below.