mxmtoon’s dreamy new single, “wallflower,” feels like an anthem for fall, and a soliloquy that fits perfectly in these pandemic days. It’s a sweet and sad reflection on life that’s somehow still light and airy.
Twenty-year-old Maia is the singer behind mxmtoon, and dusk is her second EP of 2020. It’s easy to get swept away in her absolutely gorgeous voice, the way she tells stories, and her thoughtful, beautiful, reflective lyrics.
So far in her career, Maia has earned over half a billion streams and millions of followers; she’s worked with Carly Rae Jepsen on her recent single; and she has a podcast called 365 days with mxmtoon.
For “wallflower” Maia said that she used to find “comfort in the anonymity” of the internet, but as people have found her music, it changed things for her.
“I wouldn’t change a thing in how my life has happened,” Maia said, “but there are days where I crave backing into a wall and fading away as I watch the world go by. I think introverts can relate to this feeling of wanting to disappear and finding comfort in the shadows of the world. ‘wallflower’ is for those who get overwhelmed on occasion by the realities of our world, and sometimes need to take a step back and breathe before they brave the storm again.”
For the EP, Maia said when she wrote it, she created it with the idea of all the cycles we go through in life. “While that may be a scary reality to some, I find comfort in the idea that despite the chaos and strife we experience in our daily lives, there is always the opportunity to begin again.”
“Even in darkness, we have the capacity to strive forward, sadness is just as much a part of living as happiness is. I hope that people can listen to these songs on this EP and find comfort in the knowledge that not everything will go smoothly, but how you rise to the occasion and learn from what you’ve encountered is the important part.”
The eight track EP also features the songs “bon iver”, “ok on your own” (ft. Carly Rae Jepsen), “myrtle ave.”, “asking for a friend”, “show and tell”, and “first”.