Have you ever hit “play” on a song and after the first few chords, you expected something totally different than what you listened to (in a good way)? Brighton, UK-based alt-rock band, Maypine have released a sound I am confident I’ve never heard before in their latest single, “Dauphin”!
My first reactions to this song: I rarely ever hear a British rock singer’s accent in songs like this, and I love this detail! Secondly- it’s a very well-written breakup song that I would challenge artists to cover in their preferred genre.
Hit “play” on the video below and picture a melodic metal cover of this. Next, picture it covered by an R&B singer. Finished? Now picture it as a new country cover. Now jazz fusion. Now pop. Now Euro dance. I’m just absolutely smitten with how “Dauphin” was written!
With lyrics such as “I’ll just let you down / Over and over again / Maybe I should let you go /And free you from all of this pain / That I cause, cause I can’t get it right / Forgiveness is earned yet try as I might / I know / That you would be / So much better off without me”, it’s not your typical breakup song.
“Dauphin” illustrates the point of view of someone in a relationship where they can’t be who the partner wants them to be, or they would rather break off the union rather than disappoint the partner further. I think that’s a healthier approach over staying unhappy in a relationship or turning to toxic outlets to cope with the unhappiness. It’s a devastating situation to be in.
Maypine is set to release their debut full-length, 10-track album, Even in My Dreams I Can’t Find Peace on July 22, 2022. The album was recorded at The Ranch Production House with Daly George, and mastered by Chris Coulter over the duration of the pandemic.
The four-piece ensemble touch down on struggles with mental health, paired with thunderous drums, technical bass,
melodic, driving guitars and soaring vocals.