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This band MayMay are the brainchild of Laurel Simmons and Heather Broderick’s doing some cello on here and it was mastered by Nils Frahm so I think you get the idea - they’re part of “that lot”, stars within the Frahm/Brodders constellation of coffee-table eyebrow that’s been gaining momentum of recent years.
In their finest moments, MayMay have a bare-bones folk minimalism and purity that really suits the purity and soft delivery of Simmons’s vocals to bring to mind the likes of Susanna or Tenniscoats or maybe even Odessa Chen, although there are places where they do drift threateningly close to Dido-esque nothingpop territory. The breathy loveliness of songs like ‘Stories We Lived By’ and the Heidi Harris-esque ‘If It Remains Light’ (which introduces organ and satisfyingly crunchy guitar partway through for the most convincing of the album’s widescreen moments) show that their brand of soft pop for grown-ups has enough substance and power to stand up for itself. There’s more here that I like than I don’t, for sure, but it does feel like a band still finding their voice.
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