LISTEN: Evie Balfe – ‘According To Maybe’

According To Maybe‘, the latest single from Lincoln-born London-based artist Evie Balfe, is an echoing and life affirming anthem for anyone with a taste for indie electro-pop who needs a cheeky self esteem pick me up…

Evie’s intoxicating vocals swim effortlessly through this track creating a melody of gorgeous moods which shift from conversational to commanding as she, rightly, reminds us “not to live according to maybes”. Evie’s vocals – which carry a certain flirtatiousness to them –  invite us into a sea of soothing electro beats. There’s a sense of Alice going down the rabbit hole here as the track leads us from from blink-and-you’ll-miss-it percussion phrases, to moments where all production is pulled away leaving only the vocals to mesmerise us.

The balance between all these changing directions is brokered perfectly and, though it’s intense, this track feels full without being busy. There’s also enough passion and heart shining through each verse to ensure Evie’s true intention is never lost as she calls for us to garner enough self confidence to carve the life for ourselves we truly deserve, without ever settling for less. A welcome addition to any feel good playlist.

Do I Feel Like I’m Happy Now, the upcoming album from Evie Balfe, is set for release soon… Keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Tutku Barbaros
@tutkubarbaros

LISTEN: Alice Mary – ‘Too Much’

Alice Mary is an indie-pop musician living in East London who makes music combining a mixture of electronics, guitar, and introspective lyrics. Following 2017’s I Am Here EP and charming us live at The Amersham Arms a few years back, she has now shared new single ‘Too Much’. A tight pop production with Prince-inspired synths and guitars, it fuses together pulsing samples and angular vocal melodies. With additional production and drums from Alex Walker and a pumping bass line from George Kerridge, it’s upbeat, playful music with a darker subtext.
 
Infectious and full of energy, it begins with the excitement of a new relationship, which we hear in the ’80s–style sampling and the funky guitar sound (reminiscent of a Prince classic), yet the vulnerability starts to come through in the second verse (“I’m an island of unrest…”). The contrast in the chorus between “too much of a good thing” and “you’ll never be enough” perfectly sums up the song’s themes of sex and anxiety. Like all good pop songs, it is relatable, capturing the nerves and expectations of being intimate with someone new, all in a succinct rush.

We’re off to a good start with this song, the first of four singles to be released this year from Alice. We can’t wait to hear more of her heartfelt, shimmering sounds.

‘Too Much’ is out now. Keep your eyes peeled for a brand new live video, set for release on 24th May.

Fi Ni Aicead
@gotnomoniker