By Alyce Ruby
A tale of heartbreak, grief and pain accompanied by a dreamy soundscape infused with soft, raw vocals. 22-year-old New York native Mae Krell, released their newest single ‘colorblind’ on the 25th June. Produced by multi-instrumentalist Jakob Leventhal, the track was created in quarantine, completely remote. Krell has amassed hundreds of thousands of streams on their singles released over the past year, as well as almost 30,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone.
Speaking on the new single, they said: “I wrote 'colorblind' in the midst of what I thought was going to be the end of a relationship with the first girl I ever truly fell in love with. I’ll be the first to admit that I feel everything too much, but during the couple of days that this was going on, I really felt like the world was ending. I was wildly sad while also being very restless in a way that I had never experienced before.”
‘colorblind’ starts out with delicate, slow strumming of guitars, their vocals break through raw and resigned until the percussion kicks in, keeping a slow, heartbeat like rhythm until the chorus hits. The combination of the lyrics with the dreamlike music makes for a laidback, calm yet equally heart-breaking listen. You can easily sway away to the track, until the words resonate – you’ll definitely shed a tear or two. It’s a feeling anyone who has experienced the heartache of true love can relate to, ‘colorblind’ expresses perfectly how the colour drains from life once they leave it - “The skies turned black, I blinked/Now you’re gone, I’m colorblind, nothing lights up the sky.”
‘colorblind’ is out now, available on major streaming platforms.