“MAY-A is going to be an artist who makes big waves in 2020” Nick Findlay, triple j
“Pop wunderkind” Tone Deaf
“Honest, intimate and gentle yet still commanding” Purple Sneakers
Today, 19-year-old Byron Bay-raised, Sydney-based songwriter MAY-A shares her latest single, ‘Apricots’. Listen HERE.
‘Apricots’ is a deeply-felt rush of emotion, its twinkling guitar line giving way to the crunch of the chorus as MAY-A surveys the inner and real-life terrain of coming to terms with your sexuality, counterbalancing questions of identity against a blossoming queer relationship. ‘Apricots’ follows on from her most recent single, ‘Green’, which was premiered on Home and Hosed with Declan Byrne, received full rotation on triple j and won praise from Pilerats, Purple Sneakers, Best Before, and more, including triple j Unearthed, who named her Feature Artist in June.
Of the track, MAY-A shares that: “Apricots is ultimately a story about a friendship between two girls but not in the traditional sense, it is an inner dialogue between my head and my heart. This song is super important to me because I wrote it around the time that I was coming to terms with my sexuality and realising I had feelings for a girl for the first time. I originally started writing it about a relationship, but as it evolved it became more about my current self talking to my past self.”
She continues: “The lyric “Up in my mind we’re together, I’m sorry I forgot, you’re not looking for a person, that’s something you’ve already got” is basically me talking about my past and when I had a boyfriend. We didn’t really work well together at all, but I kept turning a blind eye to it because I thought that we looked good together when we really had nothing in common and were just super awkward all of the time. if I had known I liked girls I would never have gone there in the first place. The song is ultimately a letter to my younger self, helping her come to terms with the fact that she is looking for something ‘she doesn’t even know she wants’ and letting her know that that’s ok.”
‘Apricots’ is the fourth single from the prolific but patient songwriter who’s been steadily sharing her previously private goldmine with the outside world, building a considered and assuredly diverse discography from over 100 demos. Having written music since the age of 12, MAY-A has honed a brand of songwriting that marries the classic pop structures and storytelling of parental favourites that permeated her childhood home with the post-genre sensibilities of Billie Eilish, the nonchalant, Gen Z cool of Clairo, and the suburban poetry of Lorde. With her poignant, elliptical storytelling, clear-eyed observational lyricism, and songwriting full of musical left-turns, MAY-A interrogates the realities of youth with clarity and maturity beyond her 19 years.
‘Apricots‘ also comes with the announcement of global label and agent signings with Sony Music (ANZ), Mike Greek at CAA (Florence and The Machine, Haim, Sigur Ros) and Evan Davis at Village Sounds (Vance Joy, Wafia).
‘Apricots‘by MAY-A is out now, buy/stream it here.