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Heartfelt and truly authentic!
Following the successful release of her latest song, “We Should Get Dinner,” introspective singer-songwriter Maya Donovan has announced the next chapter with her follow-up single, “Lenox.” Named after a small town in Massachusetts, this sweeping ballad recounts Donovan’s experiences of the weekend her sister went into long-term residential treatment for PTSD.
Through intricately layered synths, rich bass lines, and walls of buttery vocal harmonies, “Lenox” establishes a deceptively soothing environment for Donovan to tell a story of profound heartache.
The song is deeply internal, depicting Donovan’s struggle to find comfort in the wake of saying goodbye to a loved one.
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Donovan also turns the lens to the world around her, as she aims to understand how we all wear, exploit, and conceal our own pain.
“At its core, the song is about trauma,” she says. “It’s about watching someone close to me suffer immensely and feeling helpless in the face of her pain.” Maya’s contained, yet resounding delivery of soaring melodic lines evokes the likes of Joni Mitchell. “Lenox” was written by Maya Donovan, produced by Maya Donovan and Gabriel Leeman, and mastered by Kurt Dimmick.
“Lenox” is a lightly pulsing and deeply personal listening experience. Maya Donovan’s heartfelt realizations complement the consistently safe environment she creates across her music. While the vulnerable experiences she shares can carry heavy weight, she approaches them with genuine originality and subtle humor.
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