The “Un Millón” Marías | The “Cinema” of the Marias
Los Angeles Registry the Marias released their new sensual single “One Millón”From their upcoming debut album Cinema. While “Un Millón” is only the second track on the band’s pending record, Cinema is due via Nice Life Recording Company /Atlantic Records on June 25 and will mark their first release with the major label.
While the group had previously released two EPs, one in 2017 and one in 2018, respectively, they used their strength as a bilingual group to connect with their audiences. Releasing songs in English and Spanish was a “very natural decision” according to the singer. Maria zardoya. “Un Millón” is one of the many songs featured on Cinema which will be played in Spanish. Through the single, María passionately expresses her love for her hometown of Puerto Rico. Amplifying the group’s catchy and moving rhythm and production, María builds on the momentum of the band’s highly anticipated debut album.
You can listen to “Un Millón” below.
Additionally, the Marías also recently released a mesmerizing album trailer leaning over the record’s clear love letter to classic films and directors such as Wes anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and more. Opening to deep red theater curtains, the trailer reveals María on a silk bed in the middle of the desert. With mellow instrumentals playing in the background before revealing María’s haunting voice, the short trailer feels like a telenovela, exciting their audience for what’s to come.
You can watch the teaser for the trailer below.
“Un Millón” is the sequel to the band’s single “SilenceWhich will also appear on Cinema. “Hush” was accompanied by an intoxicating video to showcase the group’s debut single. You can watch the video for “Hush” below.
The Marías recently spoke to Alternative press for the June 2021 magazine. You can read an excerpt from this interview revealing what the band hopes fans will take away from the album and more below.
Where did your interest in creating music for movies and stages come from? What motivated you to take this path so early in your music career?
MARA ZARDOYA: Honestly, for me, I had three jobs at the time. I had just moved to LA from Atlanta and was still getting used to [it] and rental prices. And the money was good. It was an initial factor for me, for sure. But once we did the first two songs together for the pitches, I enjoyed the process and ended up wanting to do it for fun.
When you were tasked with writing the music for a scene, you would watch the actions on the screen and start creating a sound that matched the tone. Is there a similar process when creating a song for the band?
MARIA: Yeah, I think it depends on the song. We approached each song quite differently, especially the songs on the album. Their designs were all very different. There is a song on the album called “Heavy” which started with Josh [Conway] show me a photo. I came up with a melody based on how I felt from this photo. Sometimes it starts with that visual element, and sometimes it just starts with the song, and then the visual element will come very quickly after that.
The name of the album is Cinema, which relates to the idea of the film, and the group owes a lot to this concept. Can you describe how the title came about?
MARIA: I was out for a walk, and for some reason it occurred to me. Like: “What if we called the album Cinema and pay homage to those early days when we wrote for film and television? Because the Marías would not exist without these opportunities. It is truly a tribute to the conception of the Marías. The title is also spelled the same and means the same in English and Spanish. When we were trying to come up with a title for the album, I was like, “Well, should it be in English or in Spanish”. These two languages are part of who I am. I grew up speaking both languages. We have songs in both languages. I think cinema is the happy medium.
What do you hope listeners take away from this record with all of your talents used to pay homage to your love of cinema?
MARIA: All we hope to do is inspire people to create whatever they are passionate about, whether it’s visual arts or music. If they are chefs, maybe it inspires them to cook a new dish. Whatever inspires them to do whatever makes them feel good. Hope this acts as an escape from the world and their everyday life.
You can read the entire interview with the Marías in Alternative Press Issue 395, available now.