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May Rosa delivers glistening 80s throwback in ‘Before I Knew (Summer)’

The 80s were a treasure trove of musical brilliance and artistry and we can’t help but find ourselves sometimes longing for a time like that to come back.

Thankfully, with artists like the exceptional alt-pop star May Rosa, we can get our 80s fix while still enjoying the sound of today.

May Rosa, think of Lana Del Rey mixed with Soft Cell or Frankie Goes To Hollywood, gets it just right with her latest single ‘Before I Knew (Summer)’.

The Irish singer-songwriter utilises synthesisers, haunting vocals and cinematic lyrics to create something addictively hypnotising and fully-embracing.

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After bursting onto the scene with the bewitching ‘Dancing in
the Debris’ in 2017, May the atmospheric ‘Waxwork Sweetheart’ EP last year, alongside a series of theatrical music videos and a spellbinding live show.

Co-produced with George Gaudy and mixed/mastered by Ryan McGroarty (Beauty Sleep), ’Before I Knew (Summer)’ is a euphoric pop track with an explosive chorus and 80’s inspired production, detailing May Rosa’s upbringing in suburban Belfast.

However dream-like, the song is tinged with melancholy, as May Rosa reflects on the simplicity of childhood and the mystery of memory.

“I wanted to paint a picture of when my reality was one of fantasy and the point at which I first felt sadness,” she says of creating the track.

Having already gained support in Ireland, including BBC Introducing Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle and Dublin City FM, it looks like this release could firmly put May on the map with worldwide fans too.

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Written by QWEERIST editor

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