Fangirls, I love the feeling of instantly falling for an artist. Sometimes, even with musicians that I adore, it takes a few listens for me to really get into and appreciate it. But sometimes, the moment I hear a song, I’m already enthralled with love & respect for the artist. As you may have guess, that’s exactly my experience with Mapei. Her music has a sort of depth to it that I can’t help but admire. Not to mention, I can just get down to this stuff.
Mapei is a Swedish-American artist who started out taking a stab at the rap scene of Stockholm. She made an EP titled Cocoa Butter Diaries. I enjoyed it, but it is pretty different from the things she’s been releasing most recently. Mapei wasn’t as pleased with the album as she wanted to be. After making it, she felt uninspired. She traveled all over, and decided to focus more on singing than rapping.
Out of that came some incredible music. Well, two incredible songs. And an album due in two weeks that will no doubt be spectacular. Hey Hey, Mapei’s debut album is arriving on the 23rd of this month, and I can barely sit down I’m so excited, Fangirls. When you hear her two singles, I think you’ll be feeling the same way.
The first song I heard of Mapei’s was her first single “Don’t Wait” I could listen to it for days. It’s got a lovely little guitar riff that splices a fucking fantastic beat. The percussion of this song is what first grasped me. It’s so dynamic. For the most part, we hear a mellow snapping sort of sound. Then, we get bursts of deep bass and tribal sounding drums. All together, it makes for an outstanding arrangement. Then, of course, there’s Mapei’s lovely vocals. Her voice is like crunchy peanut butter. Maybe it only makes sense to me, but her voice is has a slight sort of raspy texture to it that’s mixed with a smooth & creamy tone. It’s gorgeous.
What Mapei sings about is also just as dreamy. Mapei sings of the discrimination she’s had to face being a dark skinned person living in a predominately white society in Sweden. She also sings a lot about friendship, and not so much love. Don’t get me wrong, I love love songs. I listen to a lot of love songs. I write a lot of love songs. But to hear an artist not singing so much about relationships is refreshing.
And refreshing is the perfect word to describe Mapei’s music. It’s delightful. It’s intricate & beautiful and just lovely to hear. It’s great to shout at the top of your lungs, it’s great to dance to, it’s great to feel to. There’s parts of Mapei’s music that suit every mood & part of you.
So go listen to it, duh!