CHVRCHES frontwoman Lauren Mayberry has officially released her debut single as a solo artist: a stark, intimate piano-driven ballad entitled ‘Are You Awake?’
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Mayberry wrote the song in collaboration with Canadian singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr, as well as Zedd collaborator Matthew Koma – who also served as the song’s producer. Prior to its release, Mayberry announced her first-ever solo tour and teased the single with a 30-second preview. At the time, she shared on social media that she was “flip-flopping between excitement and abject terror” when it came to her impending solo debut.
Per a press statement from Mayberry, ‘Are You Awake?’ came together over a writing session between herself and Jesso that saw her initially preoccupied by “thinking a lot about loneliness and homesickness”.
“As soon as Tobias started playing the chords, the lyrics and melody came to me really quickly,” she said. “I finished the song with Matthew, who really understood what I was trying to say.”
Listen to ‘Are You Awake?’ below:
Mayberry goes on to note that a solo career, let alone making any music outside of the immediate framework…