UK-based fans of maxime. could be forgiven for thinking new single ‘mile end’ was inspired by London’s East End, but the track is actually dedicated to a Montreal neighbourhood that this emerging artist moved to so he could pursue his music career.
No stranger to hard work, maxime. is already readying the release of his next EP, which comes out in March 2023.
A series of singles will precede the launch date, but in the meantime fans can enjoy summer’s ‘rubber checks’ EP, which is out now.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a talent who consistently releases superb bops as frequently as Canadian artist maxime.
A master of so many crafts, this talent is a self-released, self-published, self-produced and self-engineered creative who makes premium left-of-centre music from his bedroom.
Today’s release of new single ‘rubber checks’ marks the first of five tracks that are rolling out consecutively, each spaced by a month.
“The idea for ‘rubber checks’ came to me when I was listening to a podcast and heard the term for the first time. I thought it was a cool lil phrase for bad checks that bounce. Since I’ve just recently decided to do the music thing full time and moved to a new city, money has been a little tight, and I’ve been paying rent by cheque. The rest of the song is more or less a patchwork journal entry reflecting the time in my life I wrote it. I talk about being in a new city where you don’t know anyone and touch on relationships etc. I really wanted to capture a happy go lucky feeling with the song.”
‘rubber checks’ EP is released on 21st July 2022. maxime. also debuts his new live show on 27th June in Montreal.
“I wanted change in my life, and I reflected that a bit through the music I was making. Over the course of the album, I started getting more comfortable singing, and although the album is not in chronological order, it’s easy to hear in some of the tracks when I become a bit more confident. This past year has been a very exciting one for me. Lots of ups and lots of downs, but the music has always been an up or me. Something I always go back to when I get that sinking feeling in my chest. And then when I listen back to some songs, it’s a cool reminder to myself that I got over these things that at first felt like huge problems. Now I’m already really excited to get started on the next project.”
This starts a little minimal and abrasive, but somehow turns into a warm and melancholic sound which is so unique and charming. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but should be appreciated for its character.