We’ve all experienced blackouts in some way or another – whether it was from grid work, intoxication or something less tangible. So, it’s no doubt that Blackout, the brand new cut from neo-soul songstress Maya will resonate strongly with all who hear it, given the universality of the subject matter being, well, blacking out.
Of course there’s more to the story with ‘Blackout’ than just getting so drunk you can’t remember things. ‘Blackout’ is a deeply introspective journey through the imagination of Maya. The song deals with issues of identity, or lack there of, as Maya addresses a long and discombobulating personal history with losing memories. The tracks strong story is made stronger by the world-class production from the acclaimed Joel Quartermain whose previous subjects include Eskimo Joe and Meg Mac.
For the visual stimulant, Maya left her sonic bliss in the masterful hands of Grace Moore. By playing with light and colour, the video perfectly captures the tone and message of the track, giving the viewer an all encompassing experience. Maya addresses this in a statement about the video:
“The ‘Blackout’ video shows a cross between the dark reality and positive space. It captures a representation of the dark energies that are felt in those fragile times, juxtaposed with a bright, welcoming space that leads to happiness. The video, set the morning after the night before, features the Blackout Girls chasing me out of my dark memories until finally I arrive at a space where there is no black. There I’m free from the watchful eyes of the blackout, and surrounded by positivity and light.”
To launch the single in a style it deserves, Maya has announced a run of launch shows throughout Victoria. There’s a strong sense of urgency with the shows as they’ll be the last opportunity to witness Maya life before she jets off to New York to get cracking on writing for a larger release.
Blackout Single Launch Shows
Tickets available now
Thursday, 10th May – 18+
The Penny Black, Brunswick
Saturday. 12th May – AA
Rising Sun Hotel, South Melbourne
Tickets: Ella’s Music Club
Saturday, 26th May – 18+
The Toff In Town, Melbourne