Canadian singer-songwriter Maude has already paved a path for herself in the form of her first EP, Intertwine, released independently in September directly through Maude. She’s established her music with a distinctly cinematic feel to the production made up of sonorous synths and gently emotional guitars. All four songs contain deeply personal lyrics, with standouts in the form of the lovesick “Precious” and sweetly captivating title track “Intertwine.” Both evoke images of small-town sunsets and burned polaroids that embody the shared nostalgia for that one childhood summer.
“Core” sets the stage as a requiem dedicated to memories worth introspecting over. Beginning Maude’s career as the first track of the EP, it frames her sound in a way that shows off her soft vocals and vibrant production. Intertwine, in fact, never drifts away from the style Maude has developed for herself after years of drawing inspiration from artists like Phoebe Bridgers and Frank Ocean. While that may seem like a drawback for other artists, it instead serves as a formal introduction to her music with promise of possible branches into different genres representative of Maude as an artist.
The last song of the EP, “Dommage,” is a gentle acoustic closer reminiscent of Maude’s YouTube days from years past. French for shame, it’s the only track with French lyrics that nod to her Montreal/Vancouver upbringing, as well as her discovery through French electro-pop producer Loig Morin. Considering she began with covers of artists like Daniel Caesar and The Paper Kites, it’s imposing to see her employ an already well-developed and professionally produced sound at such an early stage in her career. Based solely on four songs alone, it’s evident her career is something worth tracking to those forlorn and longing for the same nostalgia that’s become the epicenter of Maude’s sound.
Words: David Sosa