It’s been a busy year for Elaine Mai. Her tour in support of her latest EP ‘The Colour of the Night’ has seen her wow audiences at the likes of Body & Soul and Electric Picnic, where her remix of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game was named ‘Song of the Festival’ by The Irish Times Culture.
Her latest EP is a cathartic piece of work which centres around the common human experiences of grief and hope. ‘When I Go’ taken from the EP now gets it’s own release and accompanying video. Elaine says, ‘When I Go is about recognising when you’re not okay and then trying to take the steps to make things better. I wrote it at a difficult period in my life and working on it was a fantastic outlet during that time. There’s a line in the song “I have to lean on someone else when my time isn’t mine” and I really think that’s how it is when you’re not feeling okay – it feels like your time isn’t your own. The video was shot at a lake about a ten minute walk from where I grew up in Mayo. It’s an amazing place to get some perspective, reconnect with nature and clear your head. It was the perfect place to shoot the video for this track and the video takes you on that journey from darkness into light.’
In recent times Elaine has been focusing on her new EP and live show, collaborating with artists such as Daithí, Liza Flume and TemperMental MissElayneous. As a highly sought after remixer, producer and vocalist, her work speaks for itself, firmly establishing her place in the great canon of Irish electronic music. The new single and video for ‘When I Go’, directed and shot by Paul Mahon, is out now.