Atlanta-Born / LA Based Pop Singer, Songwriter & Musician Mae Mae Shares Track-By-Track Taste of New EP “Gummy Heart Eyes”
With a new year comes new goals and aspirations while simultaneously taking a look at the past. And with all that comes new music and new stories that can take what’s happened in the past and provide a new perspective for the future.
That shift in perspective is exactly what pop singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mae Mae used as inspiration for her debut EP Gummy Heart Eyes which drops today.
Focused on changing the way she views the pain she’s been through before, the 7-song project looks to see the past with “gummy heart eyes” which she says has allowed her to grow not just as an artist but also as a person.
The 7 song project is a vibrant display of left-of-center pop with clever lyrics that are doused in raw emotion. Featuring the debut single, “Squishy” and The Colourist assisted “Blemish,” Mae Mae brings to life her struggles with a tone of relatability and heart.
The up-and-coming artist takes of All Access today to share the track-by-track insight and inspiration to the debut EP. Get to know the meaning behind Gummy Heart Eyes and more with this insight straight from the impressive artist herself.
“‘Apple Boy’ sounds way more sexy than the concept was intended to be, and actually the opposite of what most would think. I wanted to challenge the idea that women are more attracted to ‘bad boys’ – the lyrics talk about a sensitive apple that bruises easily and how that might be less attractive at face value, but more nutritious in the end. lol 😉
“Everyone knows what it feels like to open the fridge to an empty carton of milk. For me, that metaphor painted the perfect picture of what I wanted to say through this song – which is, don’t be that person who’s one-sided in a relationship.”
“Silly Love Songs (Wings Cover)”
“Besides this song being one of my all-time favorites, I’ve always been inspired by how it was created and felt it fit perfectly into the concept of Gummy Heart Eyes. Written by Paul McCartney, ‘Silly Love Songs’ was a response to John Lennnon and critics when they mocked him for writing mainly love songs. My favorite line being, ‘And what’s wrong with that? I’d like to know, cause here I go again…’ It became a number one hit. That is so badass.”
“With this track, I wanted to create a textural concept. I live far from a lot of my closest friends and family, and after so much time alone this last year I think I wanted to tangibly feel what I was singing. It’s also a letter to my niece, encouraging her to keep ‘gummy heart eyes’ – which is based around the idea of the eyes being the only thing on the body that don’t physically age – in a way, they have the ability to be young forever if you choose to see the world that way.”
“Blemish (feat. The Colourist)”
“There’s really no pretty way to say this, but this song is about a zit. I wrote it with Adam Castilla (The Colourist) after having a conversation about human flaws, and how they’re inescapable. It started out as a joke with some catchy one-liners, and somehow ended up being an anthemic pop song? I’m still unsure how this happened.”
“Imposter syndrome. I have it.”
“Surprisingly enough, this was the first track of the EP that I wrote, but ended up as the last song on the tracklist, which makes sense now that I think of it. When I first started writing for Gummy Heart Eyes I was leaving behind a lot of stuff that mentally took me out for a couple years. I don’t think anyone is really fully over things that have hurt them most (and if they say they are, they’re lying), but I do think I made a choice to move forward despite it all. Which is where ‘gummy heart eyes’ comes into play. I feel like making that choice to see things differently has helped me grow so much as an artist and person.”
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