Alt-Pop rising star MAUVEY shares “WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR LIVES TOGETHER” – his stunning collaboration with electro-pop powerhouse Lights. “WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR LIVES TOGETHER” is taken from MAUVEY’s forthcoming EP BEFORE THE ALBUM II: a brief overview that is set for release in late 2023 via 604 Records. MAUVEY also announced an upcoming US tour with July Talk.
Speaking on how the collaboration with Lights came to be, MAUVEY explains,
“Like many others, I have been a fan of Lights for years. I watched her perform three times in the Summer of 2022. It took a while, but I finally plucked up the courage to say hello. A couple of weeks later, I wrote a song that I thought Lights would be perfect for. To my absolute shock, she loved it. A couple of weeks after that, right before Lights’ European tour, she sent me her stunning verse, and the rest is history. I mean, I’m still freaking out to have a song release with Lights. I expect I always will be.”
“When I first heard of MAUVEY, I was initially impressed by his cohesive artistry and vision,” Lights shares. “When he sent me a few unreleased songs I immediately fell in love with “WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR LIVES TOGETHER” and asked him if I could throw a verse on it. The track is really soundscapey and emotive, but with up front raw lyrics – the way I like music.”
“The song is reminding you that even if you were ‘the worst’ together, you had the time of your lives together, furthers MAUVEY. “It’s about silver linings, it’s about reminiscing on the best of times.”
MAUVEY was born as a result of his obsessions with storytelling, songwriting, cinema, and fashion. He was angry and frustrated and happy and grateful and in LOVE and desperate for the world to change. He was all of this, all at once, and so was his music – and it still is.
MAUVEY is pop, MAUVEY is cinematic, MAUVEY is rock, MAUVEY is punk, MAUVEY is alternative, MAUVEY is electronic. Something like Michael Jackson, Future Islands, Prince, Coldplay, FKA TWIGS, or Labrinth – but nothing like any of them or anyone else.
Mauvey’s credo is: Our world is dying of a broken heart. With LOVE, we might be able to mend it and each other. That’s what distributing LOVE is. It’s MAUVEY.
“WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR LIVES TOGETHER” follows on from a stellar 2022 for MAUVEY. His EP BEFORE THE ALBUM: a love letter to the moons of mars garnered critical acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Exclaim!, Complex Canada, Range Magazine, DORK, Wonderland, Earmilk, Selector Radio, and The Block CBC. He’s recently owned sets at Other Voices, Reeperbahn, SXSW, The Great Escape, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Boomtown, Isle of Wight Festival, School Night LA and TOR, and tour support slots alongside Dear Rouge, easy life, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids. MAUVEY was also named on Why Now’s Ones To Watch List for 2023.
Feb 17 Calgary, AB: Commonwealth, Feb 17 w/ Curtis Waters
Feb 18 Vancouver, BC: Fortunes, w/ Curtis Waters
March 8-10 New York, NY: New Colossus
March 14-19 Austin, TX: SxSW
March 24-26 Boise, ID: Treefort
Apr 17 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground, w/July Talk
Apr 18 Cambridge, MA: The Middle East, w/July Talk
Apr 20 New York, NY: The Mercury Room, w/July Talk
Apr 21 Philadelphia, PA: Milkboy, w/July Talk
Apr 22 Washington, DC: Songbyrd Music House, w/July Talk
Apr 24 Saint Louis, MO: 7th St Entry, w/July Talk
Apr 25 St Paul, MN: Turf Club, w/July Talk
Connect with Mauvey:
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.
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