Mae Krell – “too hard”


“too hard” is a riveting new single from New York-based artist Mae Krell. An acoustic-forward production complements heartfelt vocals, depicting fears and anxieties within relationships, especially within a world full of chaos.

“You couldn’t bear to leave me behind,” the vocals let out, sending chills into the question of “what if this is all a metaphor?” — a heartrending moment, with a touch of sophisti-pop apparent in the “is loving me just way too hard?” questioning. “too hard” is a compelling, emotive folk success from Mae Krell.

Krell elaborates further on the track:

i wrote “too hard” early last year while staying at a tiny secluded cabin in upstate new york with my dog. i had decided i was going to make a full length album (my debut!) and wanted to make sure i was able to take some time to really focus on writing songs that felt sonically and thematically consistent. about halfway through my week-long stay at the cabin, i hadn’t written anything. i tend to be very self-critical in the writing process, often stopping myself before i finish something because i think it isn’t “good”, and i think that’s a lot of what was happening. On the day i ended up writing “too hard”, I decided that I was just going to force myself to put something down without judgement, and that’s when this song came to me.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ 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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