Mae Muller Releases Debut Album “Sorry I'm Late”
London-based singer-songwriter Mae Muller released her highly-anticipated debut album “Sorry I'm Late” on September 29, 2023 via Universal Music Group/Capitol Records.
The album comprises 17-track (the extended edition 18-track), with guest appearances from Dylan, Neiked and Polo G.
Mae Muller debuted in 2018 and took five years to release her debut album. She has kept writing a lot of songs during that time.
But she broke through “I Wrote A Song”, which was released as the UK representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
Mae Muller told wiwibloggs about the album, “I think I wrote the first song five years ago and from then I just kept on writing and kept on writing. And then I suddenly was like, 'OMG I have all these songs and I can hear the journey I've been on.' It wasn't until I wrote 'I Wrote A Song' that I thought I had finished the album, but then I was like, 'That's the last one.'”
She continued, “There's a song for everybody on there and a song for every mood. I've got the bad bitch bops, we've got some sad breakup songs, but we've got the breakup bops as well. There's melancholy and you can think and look out of the window when you hear it.”
Also, she spoke to Apple Music about the album title, “There was so much effort [that went] into it, and then the title is like this flippant, 'Sorry I'm late, just threw it together, babes.' I thought that was quite funny.”
- Mae Muller explained about some tracks for the album via Apple Music.
“I Just Came To Dance”
“Okay, one confession about me is I am a massive flirt, and that is what I want this song to feel like–one big, massive FLIRT. When you meet someone when you least expect it can be so exciting, and I wanted to capture that while also capturing the tease: when you know someone is feeling you, so you kind of make them sweat a little bit. It's also time that we all just had a dance.”
“Bitch With a Broken Heart”
“I was in Sweden, and it was one of those days where nothing was coming out. I was like, 'Oh no, I can't write music anymore—my life is over.' And then Victor Rådström [of NEIKED] started messing around and playing these chords and it kind of stuck. I liked how it sounded like something you would hear in a toy shop. And I liked the oxymoron of writing something really savage over the top. Relationship-wise, I don't really let a lot of things out, but once you really mess with me, you're going to be sorry about it! I think starting the album off in that way really packs a punch.”
“I Wrote a Song”
“This was such a big moment and such a point in my journey. It represents a lot for me, even before it was part of Eurovision—it felt very powerful and it was fun and you can dance to it, no matter who you are. I feel so powerful when I sing it. Obviously, after Eurovision I was slightly worried for a sec that I just wouldn't want it to be tainted in any way—there was a feeling of disappointment and frustration a little bit [Muller came second to last in the contest]. But I overcame all of that and feel stronger than ever. Playing it, I feel so empowered by it and love it even more now than I did before.”
“Me, Myself & I”
“I had become quite reliant on male validation and who I was talking to. I felt like I always needed to have somebody there. For the first time I didn't have that and I thought I would be a bit lost or bored or down but I felt so great. Sometimes when you're on your own, you really get to know yourself—it sounds like a cliché. The day we wrote this, I was just really feeling myself. I wanted to write that self-worth, girl-power empowerment stuff because that's genuinely how I was feeling, and I was really proud of myself for getting to that point. It was like, 'You don't need a man—and you actually mean it this time!'”
“Tatiana” with Dylan
“Jealousy is an emotion that we all feel and it's an ugly one—you don't want to be the jealous girl but it happens and it's natural. It was important for me to have the song as an open conversation: Someone else has made me feel like this, so let's talk it out. But it's an odd place. I'm always very much like, 'I don't care, I'm cool, I'm chill!' But you do have those moments. The song came out as a modern-day 'Jolene' in a way. I knew I wanted another girl on the second verse—I asked Dylan because I think she's amazing and we have a friendship.”
“What's crazy is that I wrote this song on the same day as 'Me, Myself & I.' After writing such a big, poppy song, I just kind of wanted to see what came out. Karl Ivert, who's a songwriter and an amazing artist, just started noodling on a guitar and I don't know what happened, but it just made me feel quite exposed. The second he started playing, I knew what kind of song I wanted to write. I wanted it to sound like a diary entry. I wanted to test myself and see how much I was willing to share and how open I was willing to be. Whenever I play it to anyone, it's kind of embarrassing—I have to try not to cry because, when it gets to the end, it's like, 'I do deserve good things and I don't deserve to beat myself up over this. This is very normal and it's OK.' I don't have that kind of reaction to my own music, I don't get emotional because I'm like, 'I've heard it a million times, it came from my brain,' but that song strikes a chord with me.”
“I'd been feeling very anxious at that time in my life and I knew I wanted to write a song about it. But I just didn't think that's who I was as an artist. I kind of wrote it in a way that it could be from the perspective of anything, it could be about a relationship, but for me it was just about dealing with my own anxieties and how it was really affecting my life. It was about personifying the anxiety: There's one line where I'm like, 'You don't deserve me, you don't deserve to make me feel this way.' It's funny because that works with relationships or a friendship—if they've done you wrong, it's like, 'You don't deserve me and you never did,' and I feel like it's the same when you're dealing with something mentally. I'm like, 'I'm actually really great and you're ruining it right now.' I really believed in this song.”
“Nervous (In a Good Way)”
“I was at a point of losing hope [in relationships]. Then you find something that is really pure and it reminds you what love is and what it's meant to feel like. It made me feel almost like a child again and sort of brings back that naivety and that young love. I think that comes across in the song: it's big, there's so many things that could happen—so many possibilities. I wanted the vocals to be like a whisper, because it's actually a very intimate song between two people, it's vulnerable, and it's, 'We've both been through some shit, I don't know if you're feeling what I'm feeling, I'm jittery and nervous around you.' But the drive in this song is where the excitement comes in. It's that butterflies feeling.”
“A little pop rock moment! I was frustrated when I wrote this—with social media, with relationships; nothing was making me feel alive, everything felt stagnant. It was like, 'Is this all my early twenties has to offer?' This song is just me lashing out: I want something to come and knock me off my feet and make me feel. But it also explores insecurities—there's a line: 'I feel like I'm way past my prime/I feel like I've run out of time.' And that's something that can be felt a lot in the music industry. Feeling past your prime at 23 is insanity, but you do feel that way sometimes. Everyone's always moving onto the next thing. This was just my way of shouting about it—and recording those vocals was such a release.”
- source : Apple Music