Masha Qrella‘s first instrumental band projects MINA and CONTRIVA were the debut of this artist’s unique sound: oriented on dance and song, they set out to create Berlin‘s own version of postrock. In 2002 Masha released her first solo album LUCK.
Qrella entered into several artistic collaborations (amongst others, with the artist group Rechenzentrum, touring solo as a support band of Calexico and Yo La Tengo, released in collective several records, which moved sonically between electronic and punk and then returned back to song writing for her second solo record Unsolved Remained (Morrmusic, 2005). From this album, the American TV series Greys Anatomy licensed two songs and she also toured the USA for the first time.
In 2007, Qrella interpreted songs by Kurt Weill and Frederick Löwe on behalf of the HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Those songs are released on her third solo album Speak Low (Morrmusic, 2009). With her fourth solo album Analogies (Morrmusic, 2012), she also toured in Japan for the first time.
Boomkat wrote about Analogies: „A beautifully stripped-down but vivid sound that inevitably recalls Stereolab, Young Marble Giants, Broadcast et al […] the whole album is a pleasure – testament to Qrella’s terrifically honed writing, performing and arranging skills”.
The latest self-produced Album Keys (Morrmusic) was released in 2016 and combines disco-pop and songwriting. With Keys, Qrella toured Europe-wide and also in Japan. In 2018 the focus has been on score-writing. Now she is working on new songs