North London singer/songwriter Mae Muller has released her highly anticipated debut EP, no one else, not even you. Out today via Capitol Records, the eight-track project showcases the fearlessly honest yet irresistibly fun songwriting that’s seen her hailed as “a clear pop sensation in the making” by Wonderland and the “new queen” by NYLON.
Also today, Mae premieres her new single “dependent” and its accompanying lyric video. The addictively catchy opening track to no one else, not even you, “dependent” offers a rarely-glimpsed look at the tension between the thrill of new love and the fear of losing your sense of self.
“I wrote that song at the start of a relationship, when I could feel myself falling in love and got really scared,” says Mae, who co-wrote “dependent” with Henrik Michelsen of the Norwegian duo Electric. “That’s what always happens when I start to fall for someone: instead of going with the flow and just enjoying myself, I start to panic a bit because of the power you have to give up. This song is me being totally honest about not wanting to become dependent on someone, because my independence is so important to me.”
With an official video due out next week, the lyric video to “dependent” is a bright and bubbly animated romp through Mae’s inner world, perfectly spotlighting her larger-than-life yet down-to-earth personality.
Made with producers/co-writers like Rick Nowels (Madonna, Lana Del Rey), Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Alicia Keys), Skyler Stonestreet (Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa), and Kenny Beats (FKA twigs, Ed Sheeran), no one else, not even you brings Mae’s raw vulnerability to an immaculately composed but unpredictable brand of pop music. In a nod to the newfound self-confidence she felt in creating the EP, its title serves as an adamant refusal to let anyone undermine her artistry. “I’ve had a lot of people make comments like, ‘Your exes must hate you,’ or sometimes an ex will reach out and tell me, ‘I know this song’s about me,’” says Mae. “But all my songs are my story — they’re my way of expressing who I am and how I feel, and no one else can take credit for them.”