Cherushii & Maria Minerva’s collaborative album is a bittersweet collection of dancefloor delicacies, each its own wistful vision of an international retro-future." /> L.A. Record

CHERUSHII + MARIA MINERVA: SELF-TITLED

February 8th, 2019 | Album reviews

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CHERUSHII & MARIA MINERVA
self-titled
100% Silk

Cherushii & Maria Minerva’s collaborative album is a bittersweet collection of dancefloor delicacies, each its own wistful vision of an international retro-future. Opener “A Day Without You” is like the best Japanese city pop pared down to its absolute essentials. It’s impossibly catchy, a song framed by quirky samples, swelling synths, and a driving beat that might blare from your convertible after hanging up on a quarrelsome lover. “This Must Be The Place” features more of Minerva’s melancholia, this time set to a mellow, pulsing beat that could be a prized cut at the night’s next after-party. “Boyfriend Shirt” hints at the pair’s clubbier inclinations but “Out By Myself” drops you right onto the packed dancefloor, light reflecting from the disco ball above and bodies pressed against you from all sides. “Nobody’s Fool” and “Thin Line” both share that same DNA—they’re songs that sound like they could’ve been smashes on the international club circuit circa, say, 1992. This, sadly, is Cherushii & Maria Minerva’s only collaboration—the record was finished only after Cherushii’s (aka Chelsea Faith) tragic passing at the Ghost Ship. But let this be a celebration instead. It’s a record that can get you dancing even despite the heartbreak.

—Miles Clements

CHERUSHII & MARIA MINERVA’S SELF-TITLED ALBUM IS OUT FRI., FEB. 15, ON 100% SILK.