London-based jazz and ‘dark folk’ artist Maaike Siegerist will release her new single Yangtze River Blues on 29 September. The track has had airplay on BBC 6 Music.
Yangtze River Blues dryly tells the story of a Chinese farmer whose land is flooded for the sake of the Three Gorges Dam – the world’s biggest hydroelectric power project. Maaike was inspired to write it after living in China for a year. 'I met many different people, and felt sad for those stuck at the bottom of society.' The track features bluesy acoustic lead guitar work by Fabio Salvi. It was handpicked by Tom Robinson for his show on BBC 6 Music.
Maaike Siegerist is a Dutch singer-songwriter based in London. Classic jazz, Argentine folk and gothic influences blend in the songs she writes on her Spanish guitar, with a voice reminiscent of American folk singer Joan Baez and Portuguese fado singer Cristina Branco. Maaike released her debut album Born Before the Wind, from which Yangtze River Blues is taken, in March 2017.