Mae Krell is a queer singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. Before they started their music career, they were photographing live music for Rolling Stone and Sony RCA. They also found the online music publication Tongue Tied Magazine and started Bitch Mgmt, a multimedia marketing, and PR company. After two years of hiatus, they came back in 2020 with new singles, the most popular being ‘Home.’
Mae’s voice is exceptionally soft and makes me feel ‘at home.’ Just as if they put their arms around me and told me: don’t worry, everything will be okay. It reminds me of days when my mum used to sing lullabies for me when I was younger. It’s the voice I could listen to in the night when feeling down, but also on the chill sessions with my friends.
‘Rest Stop’ is a song that gave me goose-flesh. As I finally left my admiration for Mae’s voice and focused on the lyrics, I felt a slight twinge in my heart. It’s just so relatable. As humans, we need to make choices that sometimes hurt people around us and us.
In a ‘Rest Stop,’ Mae talks about a friendship that ended. I believe all of us have been in this situation before. Although the song exudes pain, it conveys that sometimes you need to cut yourself off from some people to feel completely comfortable and happy.
“I was sad and still processing a really painful friend breakup and just overall not in a great place,” Mae says.
“In writing ‘Rest Stop,’ I was learning that sometimes getting healthier and becoming more independent can end in a loss of a relationship. And, as this specific friendship ended, I started to realize that maybe it wasn’t as good for me as I thought it was.” – they admit.
The lyrics show the struggle between things we want. There is nothing wrong with wanting to start over, but it’s also scary to think we might have to go back.
What I love about Mae is that they find inspiration in the things that surround them. The single was written when Mae’s car broke down in a trucking area of a rest stop. It’s beautiful how they can make the best out of problematic situations.
‘Rest Stop’ is now available to listen to on all streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. You can also watch the lyric video on youtube.
By the way, I’m not going to lie, I was sceptical of the lyric video at the beginning. But when I watched it again and again, I love it now. It’s just simple and kind of hypnotising. It melted my heart a little bit to see a dog in the video. Especially when the dog appears when Mae sings, ‘I know I’m not alone.’
Maybe it was unplanned, but as I believe that dogs can be the best friends of a human, it just hit me.