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  • Adelae Norwood

Review: "Lazy Sunday" - May Payne

May Payne’s newest single “Lazy Sunday” perfectly captures the wistful, happy feeling of being newly infatuated with the idea of someone you don’t know very well yet. It’s clean, light, and carefree, transporting the listener back to dreamlike summer days of grassy fields, sunshine, and the opening notes of a new crush. It’s refreshing both in the composition and in the lyrics as it showcases the daydream stage of a crush you know probably won’t work out, choosing to bask in its potential instead of focusing on the possible negatives–even if only for a few moments.

The song opens with upbeat and carefree guitar chords, soon making way for the inclusion of light drums and trumpets. Payne’s high, airy, and well-controlled vocals carry the number perfectly, further eliciting feelings of hopefulness and warmth. The lyrics capture the earliest stages of enrapturement with someone in lines such as “I've been fooled a lot before/But sometimes, somedays/You seem to want me more,” showing the dreamlike wish that maybe love is a possibility. Payne also shows her lack of naivete in the line “I know I’m not all that you got,” but moves forward to show the nature of a light crush by continuing with “Let’s skip to the part/Where you tell me I’m perfect/Nothing’s changing/But something’s feeling new.” Overall, “Lazy Sunday” is a fresh-faced take on a love song, aptly portraying a very specific (and common) brand of crush that isn’t often addressed in music.

May Payne is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter based in Manchester. She’s had a passion for music her whole life and grew up on the works of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, who inspired her love of a warm and clean ensemble. Within her songwriting she focuses on intelligent vulnerability as well as nostalgia, which are brought to fruition by a talented group of fellow musicians. May Payne may be newer to the music scene with 3 singles, but her vision and talent is unique and refreshing, and she’s here to stay.

Written By Adelae Norwood



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