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New May.e: “Maiasa” (Demo)

Maybe this is what intense fandom really feels like…grasping for any crumb of new music even when it explicitly makes it clear this isn’t the final product. But it feels like a while since May.e shared new music…I think it was about a year ago…so the emergence of “Maiasa,” even in “demo” form, is a thrill for someone who believes she’s made some of Japan’s most gorgeous albums in recent memory. It’s a breezy song, tinged by bossa nova, leaving plenty of space for her vocals to shine, whether as a near-sighed meditation or something more forceful. Not a final form, but May.e’s sketches tend to be better than most other folk’s finished work. Listen above.