Today, Auckland’s MACEY graces fans with his highly anticipated debut EP The Lovers: Side A and shares energetic pop focus track, ‘Lonely’.
Inspired by classic coming-of-age films including Almost Famous and Into The Wild, The Lovers: Side A is a journey deeper into the creative world of MACEY, an artist synonymous with vulnerable songwriting and cinematic production. This release is a chronological narrative of growth, each of the six tracks encapsulating a significant moment in the Auckland artists’ recent life. From soaring anthems to heartfelt ballads, on The Lovers: Side A, MACEY pulls back the curtains and guides listeners through some of his most intimate and formative experiences.
“The Lovers: Side A deals with confusion and fighting against accepting life’s punches. It explores some of my angriest moments and the initial madness following heartbreak and loss.”
Opening with the stylishly simple ‘Intro (Wish I’d Gone With You)’, MACEY wastes no time in establishing the level of vulnerability listeners can expect from this autobiographical release. Channeling The 1975, this dramatic auto-tune intro is a snapshot into MACEY’s pursuit of connection and meaning; and the self-confessions made during these times. The nostalgic embrace of previous single ‘Summer Grunge’ follows. The 90s groove grunge track has been praised by MILKY, MTV and landed a spot in Spotify’s Indie Arrivals.
Focus track ‘Lonely’, an energetic pop anthem, sees MACEY cast his attention inward, as he reveals a longing for connection – his powerful vocals carried by driving drum beats and his signature guitar stylings. MACEY crafted the Johnny Cash and Neil Young inspired ‘Our Last Trip to The Beach’ as a sincere and cinematic ode to the breakdown of his long-term relationship. The narrative continues with MACEY’s debut single ‘The River’, a track which charted at #17 on New Zealand’s official ‘Hot 20’ radio chart. The release also gained support on Sniffers, Tenner Magazine and AuspOp, and landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday AU & NZ, Fresh Finds AU & NZ and The Local List, as well as Apple’s Antidote and New in Indie. Like sun peeking from behind the clouds, ‘Before The Moment’s Gone’ captures a moment of clarity during MACEY’s post-breakup despondent state. Soaring vocals, driving bass and Queen-inspired guitar solos close out The Lovers: Side A and this chapter of MACEY’s life.
Previously performing as Harry Parsons, MACEY has shared a stage with both Tash Sultana and Lime Cordiale at their sold out Auckland shows. Capturing the hearts of his hometown through his profound releases, MACEY now has his sights set on the global stage. With even more music and live performances planned for 2022, it’s clear that MACEY is here to stay.
The Lovers: Side A is OUT EVERYWHERE Friday 16th September.