For Allison Mahal, life is like a room full of mirrors reflecting on life, family, creativity, and community. Mahal’s silvery vocals spring from a deep well of admiration for her female songwriting heroes like Brandi Carlile, Carole King, and Sara Bareilles. Many hours spent at the piano in her childhood home playing their songs helped to shape her performative confidence and vulnerable yet universal lyricism.
Today we are pleased to join forces with Mahal for the premiere of her new single “Me Now”, which tells a story of flirtation, regret, neglect, and the magic of feeding the inner goddess growing older, allowing all feelings to ignite with passion and leave freely in a cloud of sweet-smelling smoke. She welcomes you to turn it up a little too loud to drown out the lonely noise of adolescence with glowing melodies and a hazy intensity – a perfect package for night drives and dance parties of one.
About the song, Mahal comments “I wrote this song in the fall of 2018, as a way to make sense of a relationship that had quickly fallen flat. I was burnt out and lonely, but I had this deep desire to find myself again and not let her go. The melody and some of the chorus lyrics came to me while I was driving home from work one night. I took a quick voice memo of what was running through my head and spent the following month finishing it.
The song really came to life after I showed it to my friend Van Isaacson, who co-produced it with Sam Roller. Van and I have been collaborating on music together for 3.5 years now, and working on this song with him was a pivotal point in our creative relationship. We started pushing boundaries together, and we leaned into a style we hadn’t explored before. Once we brought Sam onboard, he took the production to the next level. The sounds he contributed gave the song so much life and spunk that it always needed.
Collaborating with Sam and Van is pure fun, and it’s an energy that I want to continue to emulate in future projects. As a team, we’ve created an environment where no idea is dumb and creativity is fluid; all made in a home studio tucked away in East Nashville.”