“Slow Train” is the first single from Me For Queen’s next EP, which will be entitled Who I am and What I am For, due out November this year. This track is about being present in the moment and taking things as they come.
“I wanted to write a song that feels at-one with itself. Not sunshine happy but maybe content for a moment. It only has four chords. That’s an all time best for me! I just didn’t let myself over-think it.”
Me for Queen aka Mary Erskine finds inspiration in people and their stories. Erskine grew up in rural Fife, Scotland, in a grand aing house near the se, where she started writing songs when she was 13. At this time music was her method of making her mark against four older siblings and getting out of the household chores.
Years of classical training backed by a Blues guitarist for a father have made for an interesting mix of soul and folk within Erskine’s sound. Me For Queen’s piano-based songs draw obvious comparisons to Regina Spektor and Carol King but manage to fuse hints of Kate Bush and Laura J Martin. Further still, the musician cites Judee Sill & This is the Kit as a few of her favourites. and says Me For Queen is “a sort of sketchpad for whatever’s happening in my head.”
With a pure love of cycling and the outdoors, in 2015 she decided to honour the relationship with her bike by writing an album about cycling called Iron Horse. The official album launch took place at Leo Valley Velo Park in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with the electricity needs for the show powered by cyclists. The lead single, “White Bike”, enjoyed radio play on BBC Scotland and Amazing Radio. Iron Horse was also picked up by the The Guardian who wrote:
“She voices the frustration and the sensations of danger many of us face. White Bike is a gentle, folk-like ballad with Erskine’s beautiful, soaring vocals chronicling a cycling fatality from three perspectives – ‘when you rush on by that corner where a ghost is chained with flowers, you need to know that we still see you and the fate that could be ours.”
The new EP Who I am and What I am For is poised for release in November on Seahorse Music.