An indie pop combo known for their smooth cocktail of psych, jazz, Latin, and lounge influences, the Marías came out of the Los Angeles club circuit in 2017, quickly establishing themselves with a classy, sophisticated sound. Led by enigmatic bilingual frontwoman and namesake María Zardoya and drummer/producer Josh Conway, they issued a pair of EPs, Superclean, Vol. 1 and 2, in advance of 2021’s Cinema, their full-length debut.
The group’s core duo first met at a Laurel Canyon Music Revival series where Puerto Rican-born Zardoya was performing an acoustic set while Conway, an L.A. native, ran sound. Their initial spark led to both a creative and romantic partnership around which the rest of the band formed. With the addition of lead guitarist Jesse Perlman, bassist Carter Lee, and keyboardist Edward James, the Marías developed an intricate sound that incorporated breezy bossa nova rhythms, light funk, psych, and dreamy pop which they introduced on 2017’s Superclean, Vol. 1 EP. With accompanying videos steeped in vintage Hollywood glamour, the band quickly earned significant buzz and soon found themselves on tour supporting Albert Hammond, Jr. and playing a Coachella slot. They followed up with their second Superclean volume in September 2018. After releasing a spate of singles, the Marías signed with Atlantic and issued their full-length debut, Cinema, in 2021.