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Maria Manuel

London pop luminary, Maria Manuel, sold ‘Sanctuary’ in her emotion-driven slice of soul

If Maria Manuel can still be considered a rising star, she’s already beyond our galaxy with her engrossingly progressive singles. The South London soulstress’ latest single, Sanctuary, digs deep into the evocative trenches to allude to how we are all the sole architects of our own refuges.

With harmonic crescendos which will allow your heart to catch in your throat, visceralism isn’t in short supply in the RnB-infused pop hit, which succeeds in keeping in line with the contemporary curve while borrowing a few synthy reverb-heavy tones from 80s pop icons.

Any fans of Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke will find themselves instantly enamoured with the arrestive propensities of the chord progressions in Sanctuary. It is safe to say Manuel created yet another radio-ready hit. Jump on it while the hype is hot and embrace one of the most promising pop acts of this era.

Stream Sanctuary on Spotify.

Follow Maria Manuel on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

South London’s Maria Manuel shows us the emotional pain that will cloud your spirit if you let it on ‘Find’

After enchanting us with the soulful gem from 2021 called ‘True‘, Maria Manuel sings with so much honesty and broken heart-packed vocals that will have you embracing those who you truly care for with her latest single ‘Find‘.

Maria Manuel is a South London, UK-based indie-pop singer-songwriter who is inspired by being alive and fearlessly strives to develop her sound constantly.

Music has always been an outlet and a way to express myself like no other. It’s been there for me through every mood and through every situation imaginable.” ~ Maria Manuel

With a sensually classy vocal armour that is such a calming experience to witness, Maria Manuel is at her outstanding best here and sings from her shattered heart that needs some deep consoling after being torn to pieces for a second time. Showing her fight and desire to find herself again, this is a break-up anthem for anyone who needs to know that everything will be okay again.

Find‘ from South London, UK-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Maria Manuel is one of those songs that will strike your whole body and take you to a place of deep thought. This is that true story which will have you wondering why some fake themselves into another relationship, when they have no intention of making it last.

Regaining your soul again after being let down is a tricky journey, but is ultimately worth it in the end if you can find the strength within.

Hear this lovely new single on Spotify and see more via her IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Maria Manuel takes us to her Happy Place in her soul-pop single

“Happy Place” is the intensely soulful latest single from the up and coming London-based pop singer Maria Manuel. With the opening lyrics, “it was pretty when I thought I could have it all, it was pretty when I thought I could do it all”, you’re instantly disarmed by the vulnerable confession of previous naivety.

What few people prepare you for is how much growth can hurt when we detach ourselves from our innocence and fantasy-like expectations of the world. Maria Manuel softens the blow with the sincerity of her balladic RnB pop vocals and the minimalist yet consumingly resounding score of soft RnB instrumentals against orchestral strings. Happy Place is a track that you will want to delve into time after time for its consoling power and its minor-key earworm potential. You could listen to the radio all day and still never encounter an artist with as much soulful presence as Manuel.

You can check out Happy Place for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud and Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Maria Manuel – True: A Veraciously Soulful Take on Love

London-based singer-songwriter Maria Manuel has released her soulfully luxe single, True, which takes RnB pop to an artfully ethereal level. With the moody pop atmosphere lingering around the pensive RnB melodies, Maria Manuel’s scorned ballad gives the evolution of RnB a brand-new trajectory.

The lyrics are as affectionate as they are ingenious and the soulful vocal timbre that brings a cinematic edge to the noir pop soundscape also makes sure that True emanates plenty of mainstream appeal.

True is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast