8 Songs, 25 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Halifax singer-songwriter Ria Mae started to get attention after her Classified-produced hit “Clothes Off” shot up the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart. With Stars, Mae’s six-song EP, she takes a step closer to international fame with her pristine, luminous pop songs. While brief in length, Stars covers a surprising amount of emotional ground as she shape-shifts between current pop trends. She wants to slow things down with a prospective sweetheart over bouncy electro-pop on the pro-consent “Not Your Type”. On “Hold Me”, she contemplates the hurdles she overcame growing up queer over a life-affirming, soccer-chant-primed anthem. Whereas on the dancehall-flavoured ballad “It’s You”, Mae refuses to accept that she’s the one at fault.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Halifax singer-songwriter Ria Mae started to get attention after her Classified-produced hit “Clothes Off” shot up the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart. With Stars, Mae’s six-song EP, she takes a step closer to international fame with her pristine, luminous pop songs. While brief in length, Stars covers a surprising amount of emotional ground as she shape-shifts between current pop trends. She wants to slow things down with a prospective sweetheart over bouncy electro-pop on the pro-consent “Not Your Type”. On “Hold Me”, she contemplates the hurdles she overcame growing up queer over a life-affirming, soccer-chant-primed anthem. Whereas on the dancehall-flavoured ballad “It’s You”, Mae refuses to accept that she’s the one at fault.

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