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CALAN MAI performs the song "MOUNTAIN MOUNTAIN" for BalconyTV.
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Calan Mai, the moniker of singer-songwriter Jordan Lawrence, recently released the new single, “We’ve Got Love,” after premiering the song on PopMatters. At first listen, the tune sounds like a carefree piece of folk-pop, but on closer observation, the track’s intricate lyricism and detailed storytelling reveal a more heavy-hearted sensibility. “Each verse is about a different family member and everything they were going through at the time,” says Lawrence, noting that “We’ve Got Love” touches on his brother’s drug addiction and his father’s gambling problem. He adds that the sonic tone isn’t entirely paradoxical. “I wrote that song about the fact that even though all these things worry and upset me, I’ve never been made to feel unloved or unwanted-so in that way, I’m really very lucky,” he says.
Now 27, and hailing from the Gold Coast (a small town in Queensland, Australia), Lawrence started making music in his early teens, beinning to pen his own material at age 15 and finding his songwriting taking on a greater intensity during his college years. Soon after graduating, he moved to Manchester with a group of fellow musicians and made his debut as Calan Mai (the Welsh name for a holiday held near summer solstice) with an acoustic demo of “We’ve Got Love” in 2014. With no promotional push, the track soon found its way into rotation on Triple J, BBC Radio 6, and a number of college radio stations in the U.S., leading to performances alongside artists such as Will Johnson and Band of Horses.
Having recently teamed up with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands, Lower Dens), Calan Mai has now unveiled the fully realized, more dynamically arranged version of “We’ve Got Love” as part of a selection of upcoming songs showcasing his nuanced songcraft.
Producer/Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Videographer: Eddie Jag
Recorded by: Jose Verdin & Gonzo
Mixed by: Jose Verdin & Gonzo
Special Thanks to BEHRINGER
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