Cucina Povera

The solo project of Luxembourgish-Finnish musician Maria Rossi has been described as one of the most striking ones to emerge from Glasgow’s underground scene in a decade. Cucina Povera is named after the Italian culinary concept which emphasises the use of a few simple ingredients, she conjures gorgeous, otherworldly songs about nourishment and precarity from layered vocals and electronics. Live, her music unfolds beautifully, as beguiling melodies emerge from harmonic drones and looped phrases. recordings blend clear, unaffected voice and minimal synth. She released her debut album, Hilja, 2018 on Glasgow’s night school records. Her second album Zoom (2019) is a verité collection of situational recordings in intimate spaces full of acoustic or ideological intrigue, primarily using just her voice. It is a document of different locations and moods, a postcard-look into the stream-of-consciousness processes of an artist developing her language.

Since 2020 she has come into her own as a highly effective collaborator, with two different releases on which she recorded music alongside another artist. The first of these collaborations came in the form of her joint-release on the Hague-based label Bakk, alongside experimental Dutch artist Haron, for the sixth edition of their plafond series. the release brings together the folkloric and the futurist, with the cinematic long-form piece ‘riffittelyä’ a particular highlight.

On her fourth album Lumme, recorded in Rotterdam, London, Luxembourg, and Glasgow, Rossi explores glossolalia magic in a 60-minute swirl of durational excursions for voice, organ and synth, full of messed-up laser etched ambient-pop hymns. Alongside a collection of wave lullabies for seagulls, this release was initiated in the lush and gentle coastal forest of Samogitia.