Calan Mai Premieres New Single, Announces Debut Official SXSW Performance

Calan Mai Premieres New Single, Announces Debut Official SXSW Performance




“A sunny take on the foibles of life… a rollicking tune that bounces with enthusiasm.” – PopMatters

“Sounds like: Bob Dylan, Conor Oberst, Edward Sharpe.” – Indie Shuffle

“Gorgeous, folk-hewn songwriting with an electronic flourish.” – CLASH


(New York, NY) Calan Mai, the moniker of singer-songwriter Jordan Lawrence, has released the new single, “We’ve Got Love,” after premiering the song on PopMatters. The single release precedes his debut performance at SXSW, where he is an official artist. At first listen, the tune sounds like a carefree piece of folk-pop, but on closer observation, the track’s intricate lyricism and detailed storytelling reveal a more heavy-hearted sensibility. “Each verse is about a different family member and everything they were going through at the time,” says Lawrence, noting that “We’ve Got Love” touches on his brother’s drug addiction and his father’s gambling problem. He adds that the sonic tone isn’t entirely paradoxical. “I wrote that song about the fact that even though all these things worry and upset me, I’ve never been made to feel unloved or unwanted-so in that way, I’m really very lucky,” he says.

Now 27, and hailing from the Gold Coast (a small town in Queensland, Australia), Lawrence started making music in his early teens, compelled by a Led Zeppelin-worshipping friend who’d recently learned to play guitar. In addition to playing in rock bands throughout his adolescence, Lawrence began penning his own material at age 15 and found his songwriting taking on a greater intensity during his college years. Soon after graduating, he moved to Manchester with a group of fellow musicians and made his debut as Calan Mai with an acoustic demo of “We’ve Got Love” in 2014. With no promotional push, the track soon found its way into rotation on Triple J, BBC Radio 6, and a number of college radio stations in the U.S., leading to performances alongside artists such as Will Johnson and Band of Horses.

Having recently teamed up with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands, Lower Dens), Calan Mai is now set to release the fully realized, more dynamically arranged version of “We’ve Got Love” as part of a selection of songs showcasing his nuanced songcraft. Within those forthcoming tracks, Calan Mai channels the weary yet hopeful spirit of his chosen moniker (the Welsh name for a holiday held near summer solstice). “I like the idea of coming out of a time when you feel lost, and realizing that something you’ve been trying to cultivate has actually started to grow,” says Lawrence in reflecting on the concept of Calan Mai.

Calan Mai will next perform at South By Southwest 2018. He is also putting the finishing touches on additional material to be released later this year.

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