SINGLE REVIEW: Mayday by Anirban Jee

Australian music artist Anirban Jee has just released Mayday a contemporary R&B pop track with an intimately universal lyric, a superlative vocal performance, and a memorable chorus hook. The new single follows the success of Anirban’s previous releases, Deep Down feat. Mary Ann Van Der Horst (X-Factor artist) in 2016 and Undecided feat. Judd Field in 2014. Both tracks received tonnes of airplay on commercial and community stations and attracted a lot of media attention. This success sits alongside Anirban’s numerous awards and achievements collected recently, including Songwriter of the year 2018 (Australian Songwriting Contest), Songwriter of the Year 2017 (SongsAlive Australia), Winner of the International Category at the 38th Australian Songwriting Contest 2018, Winner of the Ballad Category at the 38th Australian Songwriting Contest 2018, Winner of Contemporary POP Category at the 35th Australian Songwriting Contest 2017 and many, many more. Mayday features Anirban’s extraordinarily dynamic vocal range, one that veers from low seductive tones to hypnotic upper voice registers, and the track highlights his ability to write inventive, streamlined melodies that utilise a pop sensibility yet manifest within a sophisticated, refined musical aesthetic. Produced by Simon Cohen (Justin Bieber, Will.I.Am, Troye Sivan, Urthboy, Guy Sebastian, Vera Blue, Thelma Plum) one of Australia’s finest engineers and producers, Mayday explores frayed human connection, harnessing relatable imagery and a poetic persuasiveness to create an emotional palette that is as real as it is multi-dimensional. But it is also a track that encompasses positivity; with the warning call, the mayday, conjuring a sense of hope and reparation. Beginning with a laid-back groove reminiscent of classic R&B pop tracks, the song evolves to incorporate these retro tropes while strengthened by a contemporary core: a direct lyric, a slick sonic landscape and incredibly pliant musicianship. Mayday, with its irresistible chorus and across the board appeal will surely attract commercial radio attention and even more accolades for this burgeoning Australian musical talent.

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