Monique Maion just dropped her thrilling single “Painho”

Monique Maion at Lenita Pop Up @Space15Twenty. Photo: Michael T Regan

It’s near impossible to box singer/songwriter Monique Maion’s music in one specific genre. Jazz, psychedelic rock, soul, bossa nova and blues all co-exist in her candid craft. Born in Brazil, she grew up listening to the groundbreaking Tropicália group Os Mutantes and cut her teeth by making moves in the underground music scene of São Paulo.

Monique Maion and bassist Rodrigo Moreno. Photo: Michael T Regan

She released two albums, Lola (2009) and Monique Maion feat Os Fellas (2014) and learned about the meaning of standing on the stage by sharing line-up with legendary artists such as Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Primal Scream, Sonic Youth, and Jesus & Mary Chain.

Monique Maion and percussionist Nicole Marcus. Photo: Michael T Regan

In 2014, Monique moved from São Paulo to Venice Beach on a seeking for her own inner voice, combining her sensual singing with melancholic and confessional lyrics that she writes both in Portuguese and English. Her topics range from dealing with separation and loneliness to alcohol abuse, candomblé (an Afro-Brazilian religion) and the alchemy of self-transmutation. To some, she may sound a little dark, sometimes evil, but it makes for some killer music.

Listen to her new single “Painho”, co-produced by Fernando Perdomo, now available on iTunes and Youtube.

Photo: @StudioMiCastro

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