I’m genuinely so excited by the growing trajectory of Maisie Peters’ career. The English singer-songwriter is just about to kick off a massive headlining American tour with special guest (and Australian newcomer) Jack Gray. Her in-depth discography of heavy emotions and honest truths, is the sort of music that young adolescents deserve to grow up with so they realise it’s okay to speak your truth and to openly feel the ups and downs of life. While at the same time young adults can relate to the heartbreak sentiments and the coming of age dramatics that see her confidently taking the reigns of who she is as a young woman.
Her new EP ‘It’s Your Bed Babe, It’s Your Funeral’ is her boldest collection of material yet and shows a huge growth from her debut EP ‘Dressed To Nice For A Jacket’ which was released late last year. While the confidence is there, so is the heartbreak and vulnerability. She’s just sonically layered it with a different musical palette.
Opening with the lead single ‘This Is On You’, she immediately introduces this new confidence. This post break-up song isn’t your typical heartbreak anthem. Instead it’s about standing your ground and looking after yourself and realising what will be will be and not letting someone walk all over you. To tie in with the empowering lyrics she adds in upbeat synths and a heavy pop injected sound that enforces the “in charge” mindset.
‘Adore You’ is the follow up summer anthem which is a straight up love song and she isn’t afraid to admit her lovesick feelings. The pulsating synths drive the hook and will have revelling in the positive vibes that remind me of Neiked’s production. ‘April Showers’ continues the beat driven production style before she returns to her piano roots and gets a little more sentimental.
‘Take Care Of Yourself’ is one of the EP’s strongest moments. Dealing with the subject of mental health, Peters’ looks out for a friend and reminds them that they have people they can talk to and rely on. Because at the end of the day, the most important thing is to take care of yourself. “I hate how you talk to yourself. It’s not weak if you need to be held. So cut off a little slack and roll all your cavalry back. My love, take care of yourself”, she sings during the vulnerable chorus.
‘Look At Me Now’ then gives you the emotional break-up anthem you were hoping for. She sings about having believed she had moved on before her feelings came rushing back and she was stuck feeling confused and lost again. “Thought I’d finally figured out how to move alone. How to call somewhere a home without ya. But look at me, look at me, look at me now. I am missing you more than I should. Guess I’m not out of the woods”. The beautiful melody will have you floating within the lyrics and have you thinking about your ex that you haven’t thought about in a while.
Closing the EP with a song dedicated to her sister and her close friends, ‘Personal Best’ is a reminder that the best relationships she will ever have are with those special people who have always been there. It’s a very sentimental and beautiful way to close this diverse collection of emotions and soundscapes, and will leave you feeling like you’ve gotten to know more about who Maisie Peters is as an artist and as a songwriter.