Already impressing heavyweights like Charli XCX and actress Chloë Grace Moritz, New Zealand born and now Sydney based electro pop artist, Maya Payne shines on new single ‘Something We Once Knew’.
Showcasing an artful layering of Maya’s vocals, ‘Something We Once Knew’ builds slowly with a delicately sweet pop melody and then it hits hard. The chorus showcases the best of Maya’s electro-pop sensibilities and an incredibly infectious melody eliciting unstoppable head-bopping. In short – it’s a total sing-along track.
Maya is a self-made success story, independently releasing her debut EP ‘The Lucky Ones’ through her label Rolley Records in 2016 – which peaked at number six on the New Zealand album charts. The EP’s lead single ‘If Only’ shot into the stratosphere of online success, hitting number one on the Spotify viral charts in both New Zealand and Poland thanks to a little shout-out in the form of a tweet from actress Chloe Grace Moretz, racking up over five million streams on Spotify. Maya then went on to support Charlie XCX on the New Zealand leg of her tour.
With a recent move to Sydney and a chest full of unreleased gems in her suitcase, Maya is working on a second EP with more music to be released before years end.
PRAISE FOR MAYA PAYNE
…a big, bursting, banging bubble of electronica, a studio led piece of power showing her amazing talent as a singer and songwriter.
– When the Gramophone rings
New Zealand’s Maya Payne is the marvellous artist behind the effort—her second original one released—and we’re pretty impressed by how substantial her sound is.
She has already been listed as one of New Zealand’s artists to watch in 2015 and that choice is on the money and so is this song. ’If Only’ sounds like it has been produced by Flume it is that good.
Let’s take a step back and recognize how great the vocals are on this. At times they feel very delicate but as soon as that drop into the chorus hits, she delivers her words fiercely. With such a powerful production to battle, Maya proves how strong and mature her vocals are.
With thousands of fans on the usual social media outlets and press snapping at her ankles at every opportunity, Maya Payne is something of an electro alt-pop sensation.
– Indie Shuffle