Hailing from Vancouver, Canadaâ€™s LaLaLand of weirdos with a long history of birthing electronic and synth-driven rock artists, itâ€™s not surprising Maqlu ended up finding her inspiration in synthetic tones, distorted samples and experimental motifs. Fans have described her music as â€œa beautiful abominationâ€ while reviewers have said Maqluâ€™s music is â€œa breath of fresh air in the electro sceneâ€ [James Wright of Soundsphere Magazine] and â€œan orchestration of foreign, unsettling industrial rockâ€ [Tom Harrison of The Province].
Maqluâ€™s debut EP, Blood, was unleashed on April 30, 2010, receiving airplay from as far away as Australia [4ZzZ in Brisbane] and charting in several markets across Canada, most notably as the #1 Electronic Album at CJAM FM in Windsor for two weeks in September 2010. The follow-up, Black, followed suit and bested its predecessor, charting on several electronic top ten charts across Canada and hitting #6 on !earshot's national electronic chart for November 23, 2010. A single from Black, â€œWhore,â€ found its way onto ExploreMusicâ€™s podcast as the Indie Track of the Day for November 16, 2010.
A third EP, Haze, is set for digital release at the end of April 2011. Maqlu will release a CD with all three EPs later this summer.
While Maqlu is definitely well-rooted in machine rock, her earliest musical memories are the slick electro-pop of artists like Duran Duran and Depeche Mode, and these influences are bubbling up to the surface more and more. Songs like â€œManifestâ€ from Haze are built from tightly written pop structures and hooks providing a counterbalance to the more sinister synths layered on top.
Live, Maqlu tends towards very stripped down, minimalist renditions of her songs, with only a couple of synths and vocals over a drum machine.