Review: "S.E.L. (Someone Else's Lover)" - Marcus Mackey
Emerging pop singer-songwriter, Marcus Mackey, just released his debut single "S.E.L. (Someone Else's Lover)" on September 15, 2023. The electro pop track is a candid look into Mackey's experience with the modern dating scene. He blends danceable production with vulnerable lyrics into a track that is not meant to relieve our problems in dating, but simply to help us dance our way through them. If you are a fan of artists like Harry Styles, Troye Sivan, or Charlie Puth, his EDM-influenced pop sound is worth checking out. After this release, I am excited to see where he will go next as he enters his music career.
Mackey's crisp vocals shine through on the track as he opens up about his insecurities, frustrations, and struggles when it comes to dating. He poses questions like "When do the red flags show" and "Why do I begin to try and hide my pride." He is honest in the poignant chorus as he admits in rich lyricism, "I feel like you just wanna be / Someone else's lover / But you don't wanna give, give up / Am I right? Up at night." The heartfelt lyrics are backed by a groovy, dance synth production. Many of us can relate to Mackey's experience of being with someone that you feel would rather be with someone else, but still holding on. It is a sentiment that he delivers in between infectious pop hooks so that the song and its message never quite take itself too seriously.
Pop newcomer Marcus Mackey grew up in Bakersfield, California, where he developed a love for music with his twin brother, Anthony. At just 7 years old, the two of them recorded tracks and captivated audiences of friends and family with their innate musical talent. He discovered his passion for performance in high school through their musical theatre and performance group. Now, he is ready to dive into the music industry with his electro pop sound. His debut single, "S.E.L.," has proven that he will be one to watch as his career continues. If you enjoyed this release, make sure to keep up with all his future music by clicking the social media links below.
Written By Sydney Gray
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