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ANIRBAN JEE – ‘MAYDAY’

Emerging Australian music artist Anirban Jee has just released ‘Mayday’ the follow-up to his last two singles, ‘Deep Down’, feat. Mary Ann Van Der Horst (2014 X-Factor artist) in 2016 and ‘Undecided’, feat. Judd Field in 2014. Both tracks received their fair share of attention from commercial and community radio, adding to Anirban’s growing list of accolades, some of which include: 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 more.

‘Mayday’ has elements of old school R&B, soul, pop, and a sprinkle of jazz-funk, and is cloaked in a sound that is relatively raw yet skilfully performed, produced, and presented. Beginning with a modest appropriation of a 70s-sounding aesthetic the track eventually unfolds to reveal a potent R&B pop melody. The lyric focuses on a relationship under strain, a destabilisation the narrator hopes to heal, providing a reasonable defence for the disquiet, as is clearly outlined in these lines: True lovers fight / When passions ignite. The song goes on to allow the listener to sit in on the comings and goings on: You don’t want to talk / I don’t want to call. It is not an ideal situation but there is a glimmer of hope when the bridge section comes around, with its open-mindedness and welcome melodic shift: Can we turn this thing around / My heart is lost and found.

Another welcome aspect is the juxtaposition of a relatively upbeat mood, set out by the rhythmic elements and the melodic vibrancy—which comes to a pleasing conclusion via the chorus—with a story of heartbreak. And it’s quite a good chorus, with a back half containing some memorable, honeyed notes, ones that Anirban tackles with ease and finesse.

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