Paul Maged – “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”


“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” is the latest single from NYC-based singer/songwriter Paul Maged, featured previously with tracks like “Fight to the Death” and “Culture War.” The track represents a continuation of Maged’s vibrant, thoughtful songwriting.

Expressive vocals excite amidst shimmering guitar tones. The title-referencing refrain plays with an optimistic exuberance; Maged has shown plenty capable in the past of more morose and politically-charged songs, though “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” pursues a more unbridled optimism, its themes focusing on gratitude and the concept of carpe diem. The chipper guitar tones and bustling bass line aptly complement the bright spirit, enhanced further by the tasteful bridge rounding the one-minute mark.

Maged chats further about the track, below:

“After completing and releasing my last album, ‘Culture War’, I was emotionally spent. I wasn’t sure I wanted to write or release any more music. At the same time I really started to reconnect to the energy of New York City. So many people wrote about the demise of NYC during the pandemic, saying it would never come back the same. But to me, it never left. I went to a bunch of my old stomping grounds and each one inspired something different in me. I started writing again and this song poured out of me in less than a couple of hours. Lyrically I wanted something that combined the romanticism and grittiness of NYC with feelings of positivity, love and gratefulness.”

“This new song has a real funky vibe. I wanted something different, not as hard-edged guitar wise. I wanted more of a groove, I wanted something that would emote toe taps and finger snaps.”

“I needed a fresh feel and vibe for this song so I wanted to work with someone new on the engineering side. I met Dan Konopka from the Grammy winning band ‘OK Go’ and we hit it off. Dan mixed and mastered the song and I feel like he captured the exact energy that I wanted”

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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