Mae Krell is an expressive being, full stop. Never limiting themselves to just one area of creativity but exploring a multitude of artistic pursuits: photography, journalism, songwriting, performance and musicianship. This stark ability is immediately visible in their music; songs of raw, introspective observation permeate Krell’s modest but growing catalogue (which includes debut EP, Anabasis, released in 2018). Touching on the most vulnerable parts of growing up in 2020, the 21-year-old songwriter follows up their first release of the year, ‘Garden,’ with this latest single, ‘Home.’
Produced by Joey Auch (Rachel Platten, Erin Bowman, Nic Nim), ‘Home’ is an honest snapshot of life, grounded by clear, emotive vocals and sweet, simple melody that gets hooked into your ear from the very first listen. In their own words, the track is about “the moment when everything begins to matter, and the fear that follows that realization.”
Citing Bob Dylan, Gregory Alan Isakov and Phoebe Bridgers as key influences, there’s also touches of London Grammar to be found in the wide open spaces that the track evokes, yet remains focussed and concise throughout. With a reflective lyrical approach and stripped back acoustics to boot, there’s an admirable lack of pretension to be found here – just a portrait of life, in all its knotted, complicated wonder.
A quote from Mae’s biog states “their goal is simply to evoke new emotions with each note,” based on that statement we’d chalk this latest release up as a resounding success.
Mae Krell’s new single ‘Home’ is out now – available to Stream/Purchase here.
Photo Credit: Sarah Midkiff