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Mae Challis - Equal

Updated: Aug 28

Equal

Acoustic/Ballad


A powerful and naked song that dares to look at the world in its current state and say “you need to change”.

The artist


Mae is a performing and recording artist that is absolutely all over the Manx music scene. She has earned her stripes many times over via hours spent at sweaty gigs, wide open air stages and clever online marketing.

The song


‘Equal’ begins with rabble of an angry crowd followed by news clips and excerpts from uplifting speeches followed by a bright piano. The piano channels John Lennon’s Imagine in a way that is quite clever in that it evokes a feeling of solidarity and intolerance to intolerance. Mae’s vocals float above the piano in an empowering and emphatic manner. Defiant lyrics hold a mirror up to society and ask if you like what you see with lines like “when the people are crying” & “when the band won’t play”. A mix of falsetto and grit make the vocals fell both authoritative yet vulnerable. The chorus hits home with the line “we need to love more” which the world needs to hear right now. The second verse reads like a love letter to the marginalised and downtrodden that we will “listen & learn” to you as much as we can and push for a more inclusive and “equal” future. The final chorus fades into a more delicate piece solidifying the above.

The verdict


‘Equal’ is 100% a fight song from the other point of view. A powerful and naked song that dares to look at the world in its current state and say “you need to change”. The soulful vocals make this a stand out song. Add it to your playlist and be more kind.

If you like…


If you like a Beatles-esq piano sound, a mix between Amy Winehouse and Dorothy in vocals and an emphatic and empowering message then this song might just be right up your alley.



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