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The Australian music scene can prove to be a difficult place to break out of. Many artists find success domestically on Triple J, a radio station which serves as the nucleus of the country’s emerging music scene, as well as on the Australian summer festival circuit, yet are never able to replicate their success in larger markets like the US and UK. Going global may be no easy feat, but nineteen-year-old MAY-A’s inherently relatable lyricism, smooth vocals and guitar-driven indie rock make her a real prospect of being the next thing out of Australia.

MAY-A’s lyrics are her calling card, and encapsulate the simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating experience of being a teenager. Her uncanny ability to turn her experiences as a young person into relatable indie-pop anthems evoke comparisons to songstresses like Lorde, Clairo, King Princess and BENEE. “Apricots,” her biggest hit to date, is a queer anthem, which recounts MAY-A’s experience realizing her sexual identity.  She explains “This song is super important to me because I wrote it around the time that I was first coming to terms with my sexuality and realizing I had feelings for a girl for the first time.” Pop-punk tinged guitar drives the chorus, serving as the perfect accompaniment to MAY-A’s introspective lyrics.  

On her latest single “Time I Love To Waste,” MAY-A picks up right where she left off on “Apricots.” She wrote the two tracks on the same day, with “Time I Love to Waste” serving as a love letter to the girl she first fell for “Apricots.” While the feelings conjured by falling for someone for the first time may have been overwhelming, MAY-A found comfort in expressing these sentiments to her crush through song.  “I find it much easier to express myself in writing and this was the way I chose to tell her how I felt, and just how much that day and those little moments mean to me.” Her lyrics couple minute details of their time together, with feelings of unworthiness MAY-A felt. Lines like “She’s a hurricane I’m just a breeze” capture her insecurity, yet also make her almost universally relatable to everyone who was once a teen with a crush.  

“Green,” a stirring rejection of high school cliques, is reminiscent of the palpable angst Kiwi superstar Lorde poured out on many of her tracks from Pure Heroine. Lines like “Paid your fake ID with your trust fund/ school kids act the cool kids after dark” and “In a crowded room with all your fake friends/ wouldn’t wanna be seen anywhere else” channel the same energy as Lorde’s “Royals.”

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Although she’s only released five singles so far, MAY-A has a busy 2021 ahead.  She already has plans to release her debut EP, and recently announced a tour of her Australia, where the reduction in COVID cases has permitted live music to resume.  She hopes to create a live show that brings out the emotions from her tracks.  “I’m so psyched to play these songs live and reimagine them in different ways to bring out and emphasize the emotions I felt when writing them.” While she’s still in Australia for now, she tells All Things Go that she can’t wait to get over to the US as soon as the pandemic allows for. Her growing unquestionable penchant for relatable lyricism and growing collection of impressive tracks makes her one to watch in 2021 and beyond.   

Be sure to follow MAY-A on InstagramTwitter, and Spotify to keep up-to-date on her latest tracks. And keep reading for an exclusive interview with the artist about her upcoming projects, musical inspirations, and creative process; as well as an artist-curated playlist just for you.

Who is MAY-A?

 

If you could go on a tour with any band or artist, who would it be?

 

 

What’s the story behind the lyric “going together like mayonnaise and apricots”?

 

 

What are you most excited to do post-pandemic?

 

 

You’re giving us a 24-hour tour of your hometown. Where do we go? 

 

 

What’s next for MAY-A? 

 

 

What have you been listening to lately?