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Mae
The Everglow
Tooth & Nail Records
www.toothandnail.com


It's just like being a kid again. The sound of a clean vinyl record playing, and listening to the soothing voice of the narrator tell you to open the booklet to page one, and to read along, and to turn the page when you hear this sound… Not only that, but the music that Mae makes is purely transcendent and full of an innocent joy. You don't get that too often these days, folks. In a world of rock music that is bent on the darker side of human relationships and sounds, The Everglow is a purely magical, wondrous journey. I do feel like a kid again, these songs remind my subconscious of those amazing times of creative magic that (hopefully) each of us experienced as a child… So let's begin our journey.

"We're So Far Away" is a beautiful song based almost entirely on piano that seems to jump out of the speakers and transport the listener into a world of intricate depths of beauty. The first time I listened to this record, I kept hitting repeat on this track, I never wanted it to end. But alas… time marches on. The guitars kick in on "Someone Else's Arms", turning the record towards a more modern rock feel, but maintaining that same wholesome feel-good feeling. The upbeat rock continues unabated, and "Painless" introduces the listener to the guitarists Edge-like delay abilities that gently underscore a driving piano line and guitar chord-heavy chorus (like The Origin would do). The song floats despite the heaviness of sound and lyrical content. "Breakdown" centers once again on the piano, creating a more upbeat, less distracted Ben Folds vibe. The song makes all the others before it seem like they were merely introductions to get to the really amazing music. "'It's Magic', she says to me/ my hand to her waist as she approaches sweetly/ it's enough when I see that look in her eyes/ it's enough for me to paralyze." "Mistakes We Knew We Were Making" is an epic rock song, along the lines of what Queen could have been if they were thirty years younger. Indie rock kicks into high gear on "Cover Me", a poppy and light song with very cool harmony vocals. "The Everglow" is the ultimate song to fall in love with, and to fall in love to. The album wraps up in sublime fashion, ending on a truly love-inspiring note. "The Sun And The Moon" is a perfect wrap-up, the perfect final cadence for an album that simply shines with hope and love.

No matter what this music is doing, or where the lyrics are taking one's mind, the wonder of The Everglow remains that childlike magic that the songs inspire inside one's heart. And, of course, following instructions, one simply must follow along in the booklet whilst the songs are playing. The illustrations are wonderful, and make listening to the album a truly pleasurable experience. I don't know where this band came from, but I don't ever want to be without this amazing happy feeling ever again. If there were more modern rock that could evoke feelings like this, the world would be a much more reasonable place, and filled with much more love. Thank you, Mae, whoever you are.

"Painted Skies/ I've seen so many that can not compare to your ocean eyes."

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Prologue
2. We're So Far Away
3. Someone Else's Arms
4. Suspension
5. This Is The Countdown
6. Painless
7. The Ocean
8. Breakdown
9. Mistakes We Knew We Were Making
10. Cover Me
11. The Everglow
12. Ready And Waiting To Fall
13. Anything
14. The Sun And The Moon
15. Epilogue


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