Indie/alt-folk singer-songwriter Mara Simpson released her beautiful album In This Place back in September, which saw her add elements of neo-classicism as well as a good slab of analogue synths to her story-telling, which came out on the Downfield Records, a non-profit label set up by Mara herself.
The exceptionally talented alt-folk artist Mara Simpson joined us for this fantastic Backseat Mafia Session. A thoroughly encapsulating performance of Fault Lines with just vocals, keys and minimal synths, Simpson shows off why her latest record In This Place is deserved of its praise.
Inspired by The Waitangi treaty, signed in 1840 in New Zealand by the British Crown and Maori chiefs. The British understood that the Maori were signing over land that the British could now govern and effectively ‘own’, however to the Maori people it is impossible to own land, in the same way that you can’t ‘own’ air. “We live and die, the land remains and we are just it’s keepers for the very short time we are here. This song is about us not owning this earth – how can we? We are only the guardians of it while we are here” says Mara.
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