Folk-pop artist Mabes pays homage to the golden girls of the sixties with her nostalgic variety show video for new single “Caught Up.” The UK-native embodies and honors the women that paved the way for artists like her around the world, notably iconic trailblazer Bobbie Gentry who was one of the first female American singer-songwriters to compose her own original content.
Stunting in her satin jumpsuit and gorgeous glam à la Bobbie Gentry, Mabes graciously serenades the ‘studio audience’ with her wistful lyrics which eloquently captures the longing for your loved ones through shelter-in-place and COVID-19 restrictions.
Mabes explains, “‘Caught Up’ was inspired by lovers that were unable to see each other throughout lockdown. FaceTime and Zoom is great, but when you love and miss somebody, seeing them on a screen just isn’t the same as holding their hand or laying your head down on them. ‘Caught Up’ is about longing to be held and getting lost in the moment with that special person, to make all the worries and darkness fade away.” She adds, “The video was inspired by my love of Bobbie Gentry and 1960s and ‘70s tv shows. Re-creating this with director Elle Lotherington was a challenge but creating characters is something I love doing!”
The new release (including previous singles “Too Young To Love” and “Danny”) will be featured on her forthcoming EP via The Other Songs. Mabes’ comeback singles arrive shortly after the success of her Keeping The Noise Down EP (released May 22nd via Amuse / The Other Songs). The EP – written partly in Nashville – was a nod to the community she fell in love with and included collaborations with Jonny Latimer (Ellie Goulding, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man), Dan McDougall (Noel Gallagher), and Quarry.
Mabes tells Sounds Like Nashville in an exclusive love letter to Music City, “I think fate brought me to Nashville… Before I knew you I felt afraid to be myself, but you embraced me in your open arms and taught me to see things differently. I had always seen the world as a strange place, somewhere I didn’t quite fit in, but when I stumbled across you, I was home.”
The EP visual transformed all four songs into one collective piece of art representative of her teenage years and further illuminated Mabes’ affinity for the ‘60s/‘70s and southern culture in the states.
Following one year of hustling under her belt (with her 2020 EP release and debut album Wait & See in 2019), Mabes’ listenership has peaked at 1 million on Spotify while her collective streams across DSPs have surpassed 30 million.
Describing her sound as “honest” with “a country twang influenced by pop,” Mabes first picked up the guitar at just 15 years old and learned to write as her fascination for British act Laura Marling’s folk-poetry developed. Though oceans away in the UK, Mabes also developed an admiration for American artists and credits Carole King, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, and The Smiths as some of her influences. Mabes’ forward-thinking, emotionally raw songwriting style, and driven ambition has led to relatable, cutting-edge intelligent folk and pop that makes her stand out of the pack. With her dreamy vocals and an air of timeless authenticity, there’s no doubt Mabes is leveling up as a global entity and artist to watch in 2020 and beyond.
Adriana Chavez is the editor for Vacancy. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org