Singer-Songwriter, Indie Folk
At first listen, Calan Mai’s music resembles carefree folk-pop—bright melodies, major chord strumming, soaring vocals delivered with warmth and ease. But on closer observation, his wry humor and full-hearted sincerity tells a deeper story. A serious writer who has completed his own novel, Calan Mai notes how his favourite authors helped shape the emotional complexity of his songs and “the idea of laughing when maybe you should be crying”. This makes the painful moments more poignant, “I take great solace in laughing at myself and smiling into the past because life’s a bit easier that way. Humor is a method of letting the listener into your experience—a counterpoint they can recognize and latch onto, like a shared cigarette or a wink across the table. I just want people to see their own struggles in mine and feel a little less alone.”
Calan Mai performs as a solo artist on acoustic and electric guitar, as well as piano, telling stories between songs.
|November 8, 2019 8:45 pm||GRIND|