Forte

by Maya Solovey

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Recording artist Maya Solovey’s new album FORTE brims with that exuberant American sound: colossal drums, cinematic strings, grand percussive pianos, rollicking guitars, tasteful electronics, and most notably Maya’s full-bodied beatific voice, which sounds as if were made from silk and ache. “I was raised in the woods of Massachusetts, damn it,” laughs Solovey. “I’ve been an American my whole life but somehow this is the first American record I’ve made.”

Yet it took this multilingual songsmith a few trips around the globe and a couple of albums later to realize that she wanted to return home, to what was familiar, embracing many of the American pop sensibilities that detailed her youth. “Every song started with a piano. I’d pound away and sing until my head hurt. On my previous recordings it was more about this delicate voice, accompanied by classical guitars and a ‘world music’ aesthetic, but I had to abandon this approach. I was now fixed on making something that felt robust and colorful, something that spoke to my roots.”

Solovey’s origins extend through much of the American catalogue: from Motown to Soul, onto piano-driven Pop, to the thud and swagger of Funk and Hip Hop, while even blending in some Psych-pop and Folk configurations. And what makes this vibrant collection of songs even more memorable is that it was recorded, produced, and mixed by her live-in boyfriend, two-time Grammy Award Winner, Bassy Bob Brockman (Notorious BIG, Christina Aguilera, Bob Dylan). “When you work with your significant other it becomes much more than just making a record. It’s an act love or better yet a labor of love, and if you don’t put your all into it, well, you can count on sleeping on the couch for the rest of the week,” Brockman jokes.

All jokes aside, as an expert and veteran to the game, Brockman was focused on constructing something masterful, “We were bent on making something that rivaled the high-end production of the big label records. However, we were going to do it on our own terms, proving to the ‘big dogs,’” he laughs, “that we could make a giant lush record at a tenth of the price.”

Besides Brockman, Maya enlisted some of the Brooklyn’s best musicians to round out this fresh towering sound: Kuroma and MGMT’s Hank Sullivant added his psychedelic guitar leanings, renowned classical musician Dave Egger performed on cello, and acclaimed composer Naren Rauch organized all of the arrangements. “There’s something cathartic about making something this massive. When you’re done collaborating on a project like this you feel like you’ve emptied out your soul,” says Solovey, “and I think that’s a good thing.”

But to say that this record is merely “massive” might discredit the songwriting because the lyrical content within depicts an authentic portrait of a couple’s relationship, and it’s treated with the care of a literary novel or an art-house film. From the naïve and playful optimism every couple experiences on “Ring, Ring, Ring” onto the theme of infidelity with “Smile” and finally resolving with an apology on “The Most” where Solovey closes out the record in a whisper, “I wish I’d learned to be more kind to you, who I loved the most.”

The beauty of FORTE is that although the sound is huge the sentiment remains intimate, as so it chronicles this age-old arc of a couple’s relationship in a very contemporary fashion. Solovey adds, “It’s funny we made this big-sounding recording yet at the core it’s still a very personal record. The contrast is ironic, I suppose,” she smiles. “So maybe it’s the irony after all that makes these songs feel so ‘American.’”

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released June 19, 2012

Produced by Bassy Bob Brockmann
"Ring Ring Ring" produced by Eric Maltz and Bob Brockmann
All songs written by Maya Solovey, except "Ring Ring Ring", written by Eric Maltz, and "Orphan", written by Maya Solovey, Zach Adam, and Bassy Bob Brockmann.
Recorded at Womb Room Music, Commando Room, and Moon Lab Studios, Brooklyn NY
Engineered and mixed by Bob Brockmann and Eric Gorman at Commando Room, Brooklyn NY
Mastered by Ricardo Gutierrez at Stadium Red, NYC
Art Design by Christine Giberson, www.cgiberson.com
Cover photo by Donna DeMari, www.donnademari.com

Maya Solovey- All vocals, piano, and harmonium
Bassy Bob Brockamnn- bass (obviously...)
Naren Rauch- String Arrangements, guitar, banjo, and ukelele
Eric Maltz- Additional vocals and keyboards
Hank Sullivant- Guitar and Bass
Tommy Mokas- Guitar
Philip Sterk- Pedal Steel
Timo Ellis- Ukelele
Evan Pazner- Drums
Robert "Chicken" Burke- Drums
Dave Eggar- Cello
Ron Lawrence- Viola
Julie Goodale- Viola
Esther Noh- Violin
Chern Hwei Fung- Violin
Pauline Kim Harris-Violin

Thank you so much to our friends, family and colleagues that have supported us. Our gratitude to you is truly immeasurable.

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Singing in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Maya Solovéy ropes together an unusual combo of humor, coy sensuality, and an impeccable beauty-- possessed of a voice that is haunting, soothing, and erotic all at the same time.

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Track Name: Ring Ring Ring (featuring Eric Maltz)
RING RING RING

(Vs.1)
Say that you're leaving
Thin as a shadow
Don't walk away Don't walk away
There's still waters to travel

Planted a garden
Filled it with flowers
We dug a hole We dug a whole
Now we're praying for showers

Went for a short walk
Found you some new shoes
I hope they fit I hope they fit
Please let me tie them for you


(Chorus)
Ring Ring Ring
We have all the things we need to make it work
Ding Ding Ding
Please don't give up even though I know it hurts
Tweet Tweet Tweet
Listen to the happy flying birds outside
Let their song fill you up
We are young and we have
Plenty of time

(Vs. 2)
Say the you're leaving
Fat as an apple
Don't walk away Don't walk away
I can't eat well without you

We built a new house
For our pet mouse
Now he is home Now he is home
The roof keeps out the owls

Went to the movies
Got us the best seat
Don't fall asleep Don't fall asleep
Monsters are really scary

--(Chorus)--

(Bridge)
I think we can I know we can oh yes we can can
I think we can I know we can oh yes we can can
I think we can I know we can oh yes we can can
we can tune a piano but we cant tune a fish fish!


--(Chorus )--
Track Name: Bigger Man
©2011 Maya Solovey
BIGGER MAN

Takes a bigger man to stand by his woman
When her heels stand taller than his boots,
Takes a bigger man to stand by his woman
When her dress shines brighter than his suit.

And when they’ve all gone home
And the stage is clear
There’s only one that I want here
You know I’d give it all up, all the fortune and the fame
If you would just, just say you’ll stay….

Takes a bigger man to stay and hold you
When everyone else walks away
Takes a bigger man to say “I still love you”
When no one else says the same.

And when they’ve all gone home
And the stage is clear
There’s only one that I want here
You know I’d give it all up, all the fortune and the fame
If you would just, just say you’ll stay….

You say, “you’re too to hold, too far to see,
That I don’t know anymore who you are to me”.
And you say, “I can’t catch up with you,
I can’t run anymore. I’m all worn through”.

Takes a bigger man to stand by his woman
When her heels have grown taller than his boots.
Track Name: Smile
SMILE

So late in the night
Oh I loved him for a while
If there’s only change, then nothing lasts.
He asked “where’ve you been my dear?”
“Oh I was just out with some friends”.
“None of your friends smoke cigarettes.”

So say it with a smile
Don’t try to hide it
With every white lie
The distance just widens
So say it with a smile
Please, say it with a smile.

He did everything wrong
But at least he was honest
I was always right
But I took something
I never wanted.

So say it with a smile
Don’t try to hide it
With every white lie
The distance just widens
So say it with a smile
Please, say it with a smile.

I saw a girl
She was knitting a scarf
She said it was for love.
Track Name: Orphan
ORPHAN
V.1)
“Funny dress you’re wearing” you said,
As you slipped between the doors of the almost moving F train
On the first day of our love
The smile you had in your eyes, the look that caught me by surprise
Felt like I’ve always known you, like you were always mine.

You used to start a sentence, that I would always end
The way that lovers do, but you also were my closest friend
You knew just when to hold me, and when I need to be alone
And how to show your weakness, and how to be strong…

Ch.)
Like a petal in the wind
Like the thought of giving in
Like the magic we once had
I am orphaned, orphaned
Like a flame that’s losing it’s spark
Like an arrow missing its mark
Like the love we used to share
I am orphaned, orphaned…

V.2)
When time goes by so quickly, and we are not the same
What yesterday meant nothing, could mean the world to us today
You wake up in the morning, and wonder where it all went wrong
And how you didn’t notice till the love you had is gone…


Ch.)
Like a petal in the wind
Like the thought of giving in
Like the magic we once had
I am orphaned, orphaned
Like a flame that’s losing it’s spark
Like an arrow missing its mark
Like the love we used to share
I am orphaned, orphaned…

We are unraveling
We are unraveled.

Ch.)
Like a petal in the wind
Like the thought of giving in
Like the magic we once had
I am orphaned, orphaned
Like a flame that’s losing it’s spark
Like an arrow missing its mark
Like the love we used to share
I am orphaned, orphaned…
Track Name: 3/4 and 6/8
3/4 and 6/8


I hear your heart
And it’s the best beat I’ve found.
I like ¾
You like 6/8 even more.

One, two, three, follow me
Catch me please
If I fall in love
With you.

Here put your hand
Here put it on my heart
Can you feel the dance?
Each piece plays its part.

Four, five, six,
I can’t believe that it’s
Falling in love with you
Falling in love with you…

One, two, three, follow me
Catch me please, if I
Four, five, six
I can’t believe that its
Falling in love with you.
Falling in love with you.
Falling in love with you.
Track Name: The Most
Long before the winter had passed
While we still had our dreams
You used to say “There’ll be better days
Just you wait you’ll see”.

Chasing Victorian dreams of roasted apples
And the smell of morning scones
Of candlelight and carriage rides
Of wintergreen and snow

He slept for days
He never changed the clock
At daylight savings time
Till spring had come
The hands had caught up
My love was left behind.

He said “You never do enough for me”
I said “Well you never pull your weight”
He said “How can you leave in such desperate times?”
I said “Babe, it’s not gonna change.”

I’ve learned more than I wanted about how to win a fight
Nothing that I would boast
I’d rather have learned to be more kind
To those I loved the most
I’d rather have learned to be more kind
To those I loved the most
I wish I’d learned to be more kind
To you who I loved the most.