Fans no longer have to “Wait” for another look into what indie artist M.A.G.S. has up his sleeve. The singer-songwriter released his latest guitar-driven single, “Wait,” on all DSPs a few days ago. The track release is the latest amongst a string of indie-pop singles – “Smile,” “Sunrise,” “Choked Out” “Beg” – that are set to be on the highly anticipated full-length project, Say Things That Matter.
The debut LP marks an era of musical growth in multi-instrumentalist and producer Elliott Douglas (M.A.G.S.) and features a total of fourteen tracks.
Written and produced by Douglas, “Wait” is an upbeat rhythmic track about opening up to one another and connecting through the flaws we have. The single marks the start of the creative process for the Say Things That Matter era and went through many phases over the years before finally landing on its completed version:
“I made the first demo for ‘Wait’ in August 2019; it was the song that started the whole album process. I remember sending it to [my manager] and saying, “This song is definitely going to be a single.” I had an old demo from back in 2016 that had this killer chorus but the rest of the song was kind of whatever, so I repurposed the chorus in a new idea I was working on.
This song definitely went through a few eras, where I was trying to figure out how to recreate the vibe I had established in the demo. I kind of have this thing where I will make a new song and then listen to it constantly, sometimes for years before it’s time to record it for real, and I end up fighting with myself trying to recreate the magic of the original. I had dealt with this issue a few times up till then, so I tried my best to give the song a chance to evolve. I recorded 3 different versions before I found the one with the right energy. This song is one of my personal favorites because it hits at the spirit of what I want to accomplish as an artist. Part of what brings us all together is acknowledging our flaws and relating to each other through them.” – M.A.G.S.
“From the sexual charge of “Smile” to the soothing lift-off in closer “Sunrise,” the record rips you into its gravitational orbit, whether you’re ready for it or not.” – American Songwriter
M.A.G.S. is the solo moniker for Buffalo-bred, Los Angeles-based artist, Elliott Douglas. His style seamlessly glides between genres ─ from funky garage to minty alt-pop ─ and hooks you in almost immediately. His universal appeal feeds his success, and it’s never at the expense of his art.
Elsewhere in his blossoming catalogue, songs like “Mvp” and “Hi Tops” zig-zag from visceral, gnarly heavy metal to lo-fi folk-rock, respectively; his musicianship is a marvel to witness, each entry building on the last with refreshing acrobatics.
M.A.G.S. considers ”Wait” as one of his personal favourites
M.A.G.S. released his first solo record in 2015, an EP titled, Cellophane and his self-titled LP arrived two years later – securing a seat amongst the most prominent indie/alt-rock artists. With his new batch of music, Douglas displayed marked growth in his vocal prowess, overall musicality and lyrical bite through the release of 2020’s Lost Tapes EP.
In May, M.A.G.S. announced he will be embarking on The Happy Fits’ “What Could Be Better” U.S. tour alongside snarls this Fall – tickets are available for purchase through the artist’s official website here.
M.A.G.S.’ debut album, Say Things That Matter, is set to release August 13th, with leading singles “Smile,” “Sunrise,” “Choked Out,” “Beg” and “Wait” available for streaming everywhere. Say Things That Matter is available for pre-order in three different vinyl colour variants via Take This To Heart Records here.
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