May Payne’s EP ‘Sane’ is a profound journey through introspection and vulnerability, showcasing the evolution of an artist who has carved her niche with authenticity and emotional depth. Hailing from rural Dorset and amassing a devoted following online at a young age, May’s music thrives on candid lyricism and intricate sonics that reflect her influences like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
Based in Manchester and supported by Spotify Editorials, Amazing Radio, and BBC Introducing, May has flourished as an artist. Her debut EP, ‘Sane’, unfolds as a therapeutic exploration of the struggles of a hypersensitive young woman, told from both her 17-year-old and 21-year-old perspectives.
The EP navigates delicate piano-led singer-songwriter ballads enriched by the warmth and dynamism of her exceptional live band. This union is accentuated with production intricacies reminiscent of artists like Lizzy McAlpine and Phoebe Bridgers. The title track ‘Sane’ delves into emotionally charged territories with elegance, evolving from a soothing landscape into a Pop-Rock-R&B anthem adorned with heartrending strings. May’s poignant lyrics “Just a second stare, a moment that you’re there is enough to keep me sane” resonate profoundly.
The EP progresses with tracks like ‘Take It Too’, a shimmering Folk-Pop ballad, and the poignant ‘I Hate It When You Touch Me’, a raw and confessional exploration of the impact of sexual assault. ‘Between The Lines’. the closing anthem, encapsulates unrequited love with echoes of influences like My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy.
May Payne’s ‘Sane’ is a deeply personal revelation, a cathartic journey through emotions that transcend time. With the EP, May finds solace and releases years of pain and trauma, delivering an authentic and impactful musical experience. ‘Sane’ stands as a testament to May’s growth, resilience, and undeniable talent.