Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Mae makes its major label debut for Capitol with “Singularity” and the band proves that Capitol made a wise investment. Track after track on the new album isn’t just recorded creatively; everything is written creatively. This is Mae’s best set, even after a spectacular prior release “The Everglow.” The album was produced by Howard Benson and as usual, Benson and his crew do an amazing job. His shiny production skills mesh perfectly with Mae’s deep multi-layered music. Just listen through “Brink of Disaster” and “Just Let Go”, the sound is so deep that it overflows out of your speakers. This album is more poppy than previous Mae releases, but that doesn’t drag this down at all. Songs like “Brink of Disaster”, “On Top”, “Waiting”, and “Crazy 8s” aren’t made for pop radio, but I don’t see how they wouldn’t belong if they were placed there. Mae’s strength is their cohesiveness as a unit. Dave Elkins is one of the most underrated vocalists in rock today. Mae stuff is pretty light even when it’s a little heavy, so it’s necessary for the vocals to feel weightless and come over as effortless; Elkins is good enough that he pulls that off flawlessly. Dave Schweitzer on keys adds a completely different element to Mae’s styling. His keys provide that extra dimension that makes the band unique. Mark Padgett holds everything together, and is the perfect complement to guitarist Zach Gehring, who can pull off some amazing lines. Drummer Jacob Marshall is the background focal point for Mae. He’s probably one of the best drummers in music today, but he never really shows off. He’s content being a musician; that’s why it’s so easy to be a fan of Marshall’s and of Mae. “Singularity” is the most unique Mae album so far. It’s part rock, part emo, part pop, and it’s all excellent. There’s not a weak moment on this disc. Longtime fans of the band can not only be excited that they’ve got another album out, but can also be excited about the places where Mae is going. It’s going to be tough for anyone to follow up with a better release in August.