Maranta are vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, songwriters and producers Callum Govan and Gloria Black. They were brought together in 2018 through friendship, a love for melodic, leftfield pop and dance music and a mission to make visceral, textured and infectious songs easily translated to the dancefloor.
Maranta released their debut single “Radiate: in April 2019. Hailed as “song of the summer” by The Skinny, it was later included on The Guardian’s best tracks of 2019 playlist. The band made their Lost Map Records debut in December 2021, with the politically charged bittersweet disco banger “Stop Pretending”. It was followed in February 2022 by shimmering analogue-synth-powered shock-pop bop “My Man”, accompanied by a dazzling video shot late at night around the streets of Edinburgh.
Their latest EP DEUX PLEASURE was released in September 2022 on 12″ vinyl & digital platforms. They played a full live performance of Deux Please on BBC Radio Scotland on Vic Galloway’s evening show.
Maranta’s music has been played by DJs and radio stations around the world, including Vic Galloway on BBC Scotland, Andrew Weatherall on NTS and Mario Cotto on KCRW.
For 2024, as well as playing a live set themselves, we’re delighted to invite Maranta to showcase their Microsteria project – a multi-media, multi-disciplinary audio-visual takeover on the Viewpoint Stage featuring a host of artists new to our festival. See the Microsteria listing for more info.
“An electro-pop duo who should be troubling the charts on a regular basis. Their hooks are instant. They’re accessible and eccentric, banging, odd and melancholy, just as the best pop should be. Imagine Vince Clarke in cahoots with Bjork. “ – The Scotsman