PREMIERE: MAWD Channels Elle King and Alabama Shakes in Self-Titled Debut EP


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Best known for her diverse vocals that range anywhere from a breathy folk blues to an explosive belt reminiscent of Janis Joplin, California based MAWD has made waves as she sells out shows throughout the state. Her debut self-titled EP is a mix of gritty blues guitars, acoustic folk rhythms and Americana basslines, making her comparable to the likes of Elle King and Alabama Shakes.  

Thematically the six-song release is a true coming of age story, touching upon emotions such as homesickness, longing, lost love and hope. This is best demonstrated in her leading single “Dark Room” which was inspired by the loneliness that accompanies relocation. MAWD confides, “I felt like I was going crazy, sitting in my dark dingy dorm room, struggling with the longing for a comforting feeling, trying to fit in, feeling like a stranger in my skin, and discovering a new dark part of my mind”.

The EP further features an infectious indie folk/pop tune entitled “Summer in a Dream.”  Featuring upbeat stomping percussion, jangly acoustic guitar rhythms and layered harmonies building to a climatic chorus, the track is a perfect summer anthem. While in “Black & Blue,” MAWD sings about the vulnerability and hesitation in entering a new relationship. MAWD’s displays honest lyricism with a vocal delivery that is sweet yet stern, evoking tangible emotions rarely heard in music today. 

With a flawless vocal delivery, commanding stage presence and a highly anticipated EP, Ones to Watch is excited to give you the exclusive first listen of MAWD’s debut EP.  Catch MAWD on tour around California and be sure to grab your first listen below.