Last November Ms. Minerva accepted the invitation of a friend to flee the grey brainwash of yet another East London winter for a temporary retreat amidst the seaside serenities of Lisbon. The life oasis of the experience also freed her up to hibernate with her lyrics, loops, echo pedals, emotions, etc, holing up at an empty exhibition space nearby to craft the 11 mercurial mysteries comprising her brave sophomore color wheel, Will Happiness Find Me? An impressively individualist mixtape channeling the 360 spectrum of Maria’s diverse obsessions, WHFM? connects the femme avant-pop dots between future shock pirate radio singles, hermetic tone studies, late nite wanderlust lullabies, tape-faded club dee-lights, sampladelic vocal exploratoriums, private press art pranks, even ambient hip-hop melancholia. Given that most contempo aesthetic arcs ebb from the raw and odd to the polished and accessible, it’s rad and uplifting to hear Maria swimming so soulfully the other direction. “My heart is like a microphone / just talk into it.” Never give up. Recorded in Lisbon and mastered at Dubplates. Full-color CD digipaks with art/design by A & B Brown.