Australian singer-songwriter Calan Mai has released ‘Cup’, the new single from his upcoming sophomore EP, ‘This Isn’t How You Get Home’. Recorded with richly-textured harmonies and a sublime fusion of droning folk guitars and expansive, electropop drum loops, ‘Cup’ sees Calan Mai subverting listener expectations and continuing his exploration of new and exciting modes of production.
The single was produced and mixed by Adam Lyons (FAIRCHILD, Lyon Apprentice) who called upon friends and collaborators from Manchester, Ireland and Australia (RUNAH, First Pope, Che Desouza) to assist in the recording process and create a soundscape awash with distinct and diverse vocals. Blind Boy Studios founder Brad Hosking even recorded trumpet parts on the Gold Coast via online correspondence. In this sense ‘Cup’ is a joint venture, a collective meditation on what it means to feel alone when you’re anything but.
Calan Mai is the moniker of Jordan Lawrence who, early last year, relocated from Gold Coast, Australia to Manchester.
Speaking on the track, Lawrence explains, “Cup is about being alone. It’s about that last-ditch feeling of panic that sinks in when you lose a person – that sort of fight or flight instinct that says ‘don’t let them go, make them stay’. In a way Cup, like the other songs on the EP, focuses on the danger of turning people into homes, places into people. The song isn’t really personal – it’s universal. It made sense to bring friends into the recording process. I didn’t want to sing this song alone.”
Calan Mai’s tracks have enjoyed plays on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 6, Triple J, Amazing Radio, as well as multiple US college radio stations. His debut single ‘We’ve Got Love’ debuted at #10 on the KKBB Singles Chart in the US and has clocked over 110,000 plays on Soundcloud. Since arriving in Manchester, he's supported Band of Horses, Frances, Augustana, Luke Sital-Singh, Louis Berry, Will Johnson (Monsters of Folk), GEORGIE & showcased at CMJ Music Marathon in New York City and Dot to Dot Festival.
Calan Mai’s tracks